Baton Rouge, LA (PPN) – LSU told student athletes to not wear Tiger gear while expressing their thoughts about the Alton Sterling case.
For some it may not be shocking, considering that these are only student athletes – college kids, but the university doesn’t want their “reputation” ruined.
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Miriam Segar, sent an email to all student athletes regarding the Alton Sterling case.
The email explained that if student athletes choose to express their thoughts about the decision that was made in the case of Alton Sterling, do it without wearing LSU gear.
According to SB Nation, the following email was sent out to the staff also:
“I hope this message finds you well. This afternoon, the US Department of Justice announced that the Alton Sterling case will not be prosecuted by federal authorities. As members of the Athletics community, we want to support each of you and assure you that the University will maintain a safe learning and working environment for us all.
If there is anything you need, please communicate with us. Also please know that if you need to talk atany time, we have counselors available at [redacted].
We know this is a subject that many of you care deeply about and we respect and support your right to speak publicly and express your opinions.
If you choose to express your opinions publicly, please remember the following:
As student-athletes, you are some of LSU’s most visible ambassadors. Many of you enjoy a large following and with that comes responsibility. Remember that what you say and do directly impacts how people around the world view LSU.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to express your opinion on this issue, including on social media, we ask that you do not wear LSU gear or use LSU branding.
Show respect for your teammates and your coaches with what you say. Understand they may have different views than your own and many have personal connections and feelings about this case. Lean on and support each other as a team.
We expect this to be a very sensitive situation with heavy scrutiny from both local and national media. Remember that public comments on this topic may be their first and only impression of you.
Your safety is our biggest priority. Please avoid potentially violent situations and report any concerns to police (911, or 578-3231 for LSUPD).”
Sources told Pen Point news, other businesses in the city also sent similar emails to their employees. One company asked employees to not speak about the case at work.
Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette wore a picture of Alton Sterling on a white t-shirt last year, 2 days after Sterling was murdered.
He was a star student athlete at the time. Fournette was recently drafted fourth overall in the 2017 NFL draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars.