Statement from Arkansas Football Coach Houston
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following is a statement from University of Arkansas head football coach Houston Nutt in response to conversations with representatives of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure regarding the use of pink jerseys by defensive players at spring practice last week.
“We received several calls this week from people saying they were offended by the use of pink jerseys in practice, but none of those came from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure. As I explained earlier in the week, the use of the pink jerseys was something we did to get the players’ attention and give them a little extra motivation. It was never meant to discredit anyone and that color will no longer be used.
“Since that came out, the Foundation and the Ozark Race for the Cure have received calls from people saying they would no longer support them because they thought someone from those offices called us. The Foundation and the Race for the Cure people were not offended by the jerseys and did not call. The people who were offended apparently are not associated in an official capacity with either one of those two great causes and the work they do.
“Several of our players have worked the race as volunteers the last few years. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what the Foundation does and for anyone who has to go through that treatment. I want to encourage everyone who was supporting them to continue to do so and to not be discouraged by a few individuals who were acting on their own.”
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