Early Thursday night, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin received a piece of hate mail that his wife then posted to Twitter.
The post, which was derogatory in nature and contained a racial slur, went viral as people across social media and the Internet condemned the letter.
Now Texas A&M president Michael Young and athletic director Scott Woodward have issued a statement coming out strongly against the letter.
The statement reads in full below:
“Earlier this evening, we became aware of a letter of unknown origin that was sent to the Sumlin family home. 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. We are working with law enforcement authorities to bring the sender of this letter to justice. We stand with the Sumlins and will not accept this inexcusable act of hate.”
Most notably, the statement says that the University is working with law enforcement to try and find out who wrote the letter. It’s clear that Texas A&M has a vested interest in making sure the letter doesn’t reflect on its community, alumni or students. While directed at Sumlin, it’s still unclear who sent it at press time.