Wife of Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin Says He Received Racist, Threatening Letter After Loss to UCLA

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After blowing a 34-point lead against UCLA Sunday, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin received a threatening, racist hate letter, his wife said on Twitter Thursday.

Charlene Sumlin tweeted a picture of the letter which reads: “You suck as a coach! You’re a n—– and can’t win! Please get lost! Or else.”

She wrote in the tweet: “People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is ok. And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it? #orelseWHAT?”

Some noted that the letter contained a return address that corresponds to Houston Country Club, in Houston. Its contents drew widespread condemnation online, as well as from university and conference officials.

“Earlier this evening, we became aware of a letter of unknown origin that was sent to the Sumlin family home,” said Texas A&M President Michael Young and Director of Athletics Scott Woodward in a joint statement. “We unequivocally condemn this disgusting and threatening letter.

“There is no excuse for hatred and, as a community, we will not allow the ignorance of some to intimidate any member of our community. On behalf of all Aggies, our thoughts are with Coach Sumlin and his family, and we will do all that we can to ensure their safety.

Sumlin’s Aggies lost to the Bruins 45-44 after holding a 44-10 lead late in the third quarter. The loss only increased pressure on the 53-year-old who has presided over three straight 8-5 seasons, with two bowl game losses.