EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) — A Treasure Valley coach says he found a racist letter about his youth soccer team on his car windshield earlier this week.
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Jeromy Tarkon, president of the Idaho Juniors Futbol Club, told KBOI 2News that he found the letter Sunday morning at his home in Eagle.
"We need to be aware of what is happening in our community so we can rally around each other and fight this hate," Tarkon wrote in a lengthy post about the letter to the team's Facebook page. "We will stand hand to hand, shoulder to shoulder, and stand against those that preach hate. Moving forward, this is what the Idaho Juniors will be doing to fight hate and racism."
The letter attacked the coach for the team's diverse lineup, using racist language including the N-Word.
"Your (N-Word) made the soccer field unclean by stepping on it," the letter says. "Be careful how you coach, one day you might piss off the wrong parent or families."
The letter, which is not signed, ends with a warning:
The Ada County Sheriff's Office says Eagle Police is investigating the case as malicious harassment and is pursuing leads.
"The abhorrent contents of the letter do not reflect the values of the Eagle Police Department or the residents of Eagle," the sheriff's office said. "We treat such crimes against our citizens seriously and continue to actively investigate the case."