Chains Tattoos Dreads And We Are T-Shirt Chains Tattoos Dreads And We Are Shirt Champs Sports Grill Shirt Penn State’s Lamont Wade wears ‘Chains, Tattoos, Dreads, & WE ARE’ shirt to warm up against Iowa Many are looking forward to a prime-time matchup featuring two top 20 teams as Penn State enters ranked No. 10, while Iowa is at No. 17. However, the Nittany Lions had to deal with a bit of drama this past week. The shirts read, “Chains, Tattoos, Dreads & WE ARE” — a direct response to the letter, which called Sutherland’s dreadlocks “awful.” The shirts appeared to be produced by State College bar Champs Sports Grill. Audrey Snyder of The Athletic shared a photo of safety Lamont Wade wearing the shirt during warmups before the Nittany Lions faced Iowa in Iowa City.
Franklin had previously spoken out against the letter in support of his players.
“The football that I know and love brings people together and embraces differences,” Franklin said. “Black, white, brown, Catholic, Jewish or Muslim, rich or poor, rural or urban, Republican or Democrat, long hair, short hair or no hair. They’re all in that locker room together.”
Sutherland also responded to the letter earlier in the week, calling it “rude, ignorant and judging,” though it’s unclear whether he participated in the pregame gesture.