LSU Athletic Director Apologizes For Airbrushed Crosses

Friday, October 26, 2012

The “Painted Posse” controversy has drawn an apology and a pledge from LSU.

In a letter posted on LSU’s athletic website Wednesday, Athletic Director Joe Alleva apologized for the decision to edit Christian crosses painted on a group of LSU students out of a recent promotional photo the university sent out.

The altered photo of the “Painted Posse,” sent out after LSU’s Oct. 13 victory over South Carolina, made national headlines and has drawn widespread criticism for the school.

Each of the four young men in the photo had his body painted yellow, with a purple cross painted near the left shoulder. The crosses were edited out of the photo LSU distributed, showing the upper torso of the four LSU students a solid yellow in the area where the crosses were.

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