Urban Meyer apologizes after gay group objects to lavender jerseys

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had a plan to punish players that were not giving full effort. They were to wear lavender shirts.

But the team has changed its mind after a letter from the Scarlet and Gay, an Ohio State alumni society which objected to the color which is linked to gays and lesbians.

According to The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper, Meyer wrote a letter of apology to the organization.

“Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the purple mesh pullovers,” the letter read. “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.

“Please accept our sincere apologies. We have core values of respect and honor within our program, and these are two principles that are central to my personal life, my coaching and to Ohio State and its athletics programs. Bias has absolutely no role in how we think or operate.”

An Ohio State spokesman told The Lantern the color of the jerseys worn by lackadaisical players had been changed, but could not specify the color.

Scarlet and Gay president Tim Valentine was pleased with the responds from Meyer.

“(Meyer) had a very fast response,” Valentine told The Lantern. “That said to us as an organization that he did care and was concerned about this being offensive to the community and a reflection of something he did not stand for.”

Article source: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2012/03/gay-object-ohio-state-urban-meyer-lavender-jerseys/1

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