Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin received racist hate mail at his home this week, his wife posted on Twitter.
The coach’s wife, Charlene Sumlin, tweeted a photo of the letter Thursday afternoon. It reads: “You suck as a coach! You’re a n—-r and can’t win! Please get lost! Or else.”
She replied 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?”
The letter’s return address corresponds to Houston Country Club, in Houston, TX.
One of Sumlin’s daughters, Shelby — currently a student at Texas A&M — also commented on the photo, tweeting: “Imagine being a kid & reading this bs abt your dad. Things ‘fans’ say gets taken personal by more than just the coach. Humanity isn’t hard.”
Coach Sumlin has endured heavy criticism since Texas A&M’s season-opening defeat Sunday against UCLA, in which the Aggies squandered a 34-point, third-quarter lead. Tony Buzbee, aTexas A&M Regent, called for Sumlin’s immediate dismissal in a Facebook post he posted immediately after the game.
Tuesday, Sumlin acknowledged the frustration from within and outside the program, and added, “I’m not in the business of really paying attention to anything outside this program, or comments good or bad. My focus is on what we can do to be better. I don’t really have time to get involved in things that are said about the program or about me.”
Sumlin is one of just seven black head coaches of power 5 schools.