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Football coach Urban Meyer sorry for punishing underperforming players with lavender jerseys

Former University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer, now at Ohio State University, apologized last week to the Ohio State University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Alumni Society.

Meyer sent an apology letter March 1 to the LGBT group for "the practice of having under-performing student athletes wear purple-mesh jerseys," reports The Other Paper in Columbus, Ohio.

"Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the purple mesh pullovers," Meyer wrote to Garet Heysel and Tim Valentine of the LGBT group. "The use of purple was never intended to be used to offend anyone, but since it has, we have taken steps to change the color."

Valentine told The Other Paper he was satisfied with Meyer's apology:

“Hidden under the guise of being a competitive motivator or 'the only color left,' the choice of lavender reinforces homophobia and promotes bullying amongst students. The color lavender is associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community,” Valentine said.

Click here to read the complete Other Paper article.

Click here to read the original Columbus Dispatch article about Meyer and the lavender jerseys.


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