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DISGUSTING DREADLOCKS?! Penn State's Jonathan Sutherland & Head Coach Respond To Letter An Alumnus Wrote That Some Are Calling Racist

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Penn State University football player Jonathan Sutherland received a letter about his “disgusting dreadlocks” from an alumnus that some are calling racist. Now, the young, black player is responding, and so is head coach James Franklin. Peep their responses inside…



Whew, chile. Folks are really getting bold.

Dave Peterson – a Penn State University alumnus - had the nerve to send Penn State safety Jonathan Sutherland a letter criticizing him about his dreadlocks and his “unkempt" appearance. 

In part, Dave said he and his wife are huge fans of the team, however, while watching a recent game, they couldn’t help but notice his “awful hair.”

”Surely there must be mirrors in the locker room!,” Dave wrote in the letter. “Don’t you have parents or [a] girlfriend who’ve told you those shoulder length dreadlocks look disgusting and are certainly unattractive.”

Whet?! Excuse me? He said he and his wife miss the "clean-cut young men and women" athletes from back in the day.

”You will certainly be playing ‘on Sunday’ in the future but we have stopped watching the NFL due to the disgusting, tattoos, awful hair and immature antics in the end zone. Players should act as though they’ve ‘been there before.’”


Jonathan’s teammate Antonio Shelton posted the letter on social media to show the world racism is very much still alive in our country. He captioned it, "Explain to me how this isn’t racist."



Just gross. The fact this grown man is sending a letter like this to a child. UGH. We wonder how many letters Dave wrote to former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted rape and child sexual abuse.



In a statement posted to his social media account, Jonathan responded to the disgusting letter, calling it "degrading" and "was indeed rude, ignorant and judging."

"At the end of the day, without an apology needed, I forgive this individual because I'm nowhere close to being perfect and I expect God to forgive me for all the wrong I've done in my life," Sutherland wrote. "I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me and showed their support."

"Don't be scared to be different," he wrapped up his letter with emojis of a heart and Christian cross.

BRAVO young man. Very classy response to this unsolicited ignorance.



Penn State head coach James Franklin fiercely defended his player - who is a dean' list honor student and a captain on the team - during a press conference:

“Jonathan Sutherland is one of the most respected players in our program. He’s an ultimate example of what our program is all about," Coach Franklin said while addressing the controversial letter. "He’s a captain, he’s a dean’s list honor student. He's confident. He’s articulate. He’s intelligent. He’s thoughtful. He’s caring and he’s committed," Franklin said.



Check it below: 

David Peterson - a 1966 Penn State graduate in speech pathology - doubled down on the comments he wrote in the letter.

The Tribune-Democrat reports:

Reached by phone on Tuesday, Petersen said making a racial or cultural statement "was not the intent at all. I would just like to see the coaches get the guys cleaned up and not looking like Florida State and Miami guys."


THIS guy...



Basically! Clownery.

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