Johnstown man’s letter to Penn State player called racially insensitive, sets off social-media firestorm – A Johnstown man says he was unaware that his letter to a Penn State football player about the player’s appearance had ignited a social-media firestorm over claims of racial insensitivity. David Petersen, a 1966 Penn State graduate in speech pathology, said he did send a letter to player Jonathan Sutherland in which Petersen communicated that he thought the player’s “shoulder length dreadlocks look disgusting.” Petersen wrote to Sutherland: “You need to remember you represent all Penn Staters both current and those alumni from years past. We would welcome the reappearance of dress codes for athletes.”