Miami Central Football Coach Receives Racial Slur-Loaded Hate Mail as Team Travels to Alabama
Tomorrow night, the Miami Central Rockets, the eighth best high school football team in the nation according to USA Today, will gear up in Hoover, Alabama, to take on the third ranked Hoover High.
Though some ugliness already hangs over the game, as Miami Central head coach Roland Smith reported receiving a hate letter filled with racial slurs from an anonymous Hoover fan.
A fan from Hoover High sends this to Miami Central's head football coach. I guess they're upset about something. pic.twitter.com/AHMah0SmMB
— Mark Nicolas™ (@markonicolas) August 22, 2014
According to Blogging Black Miami, the letter, which only included the return address of "Hoover Bucs #1," included the taunt "u f*cking n*****s" right on the envelope.
The Hoover Bucs team, by the way, is perhaps best known nationally for being featured in the MTV program Two a Days.
Central alumni president William D.C. Clark went on WQAM this morning to explain more.
"It said after we beat your [expletive] remind the Miami fans to pick up their chicken bones and red cups. It was laced with all types of expletives," he said. "It may not be how most Hoover fans think. But this is Alabama, and we're constantly reminded we are in Alabama with Confederate flags, salutes to George Wallace and that old dirty low-down South many of our parents had to endure in the 1960s. We don't take that threat or that tone very lightly."
Though, Clark went on to stress that the Hoover program is a top-notch program, and he doesn't believe that the letter is representative of their fan base.
The Miami Herald reached coach Smith at the airport, though he wouldn't elaborate on the content of the letter.
Tomorrow's game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN at noon.
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