Earlier in the week, Penn State safety Jonathan Sutherland received a letter in the mail from a so-called "fan" who insulted his hairstyle in a letter dripping with not-at-all-subtle racism. He then reaffirmed his thoughts when asked about them. It was bad.
Then, head coach James Franklin went to bat for his team captain and talked with the media about how much he loves and respects Sutherland and about how his love of football is driven by his beliefs that the sport fosters an environment that allows the team and the fans to flourish as a family, regardless of race, social class, or anything else that divides us as a nation. It was good.
When a young fan, Sutherland's number one fan that is, heard about the unnecessary and hurtful attack of his favorite player, he did what he knew he had to do–grabbed a pen and started writing.
I was not going to post this but I am too proud not to, and seeing that other clowns letter over and over thought maybe one penned by my son with thought and and some humor might be what we all need. As promised to him last night this went in the mail today to Mr Sutherland. pic.twitter.com/NfNkaf2ukU— DYPSUTailgater (@PSUFootballLife) October 8, 2019
Not only is this letter awesome in every way, but this elementary schooler has an infinitely better grasp on sentence structure and letter formatting than the idiot who wrote the racist letter in the first place. Big-time shoutout to him for learning from his teachers.
The letter reads as follows–
Don't listen to the mean people who sent you that mean letter! You are my favorite player and the BEST! That hair is amazing! WOWEE! I wish I had that! I believe it is magical and makes you hit harder! Some day, I wish I would be like you!
I am going to my first White Out game against Michigan. Win that one too.
Your #1 fan,
#63 Mason Young
You rock, Mason.