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Official Rutgers Account Posts “Ped State” Pictures

It turns out it’s not only Rutgers fans that lack tact and decency — it’s the school’s official social media account as well.

The official Rutgers Football Facebook page, with nearly 54,000 likes, published at least two pictures of fans making fun of child sexual abuse, both wearing “Ped State” t-shirts with the Nittany Lion logo warped into a pedobear.

(Screenshots via @MikePettigano and @blerms)

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Rutgers deleted the photos after Penn State fans began calling them out on Twitter. The university has not responded to a request for comment.

Stay classy, Rutgers.

UPDATE 12:14 p.m. — Rutgers posted the following apology on its athletics website about the images.

On behalf of Rutgers University and the Athletic Department, we would like to apologize for the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans on Saturday that do not convey the message of good, competitive spirit that we look forward to having with our new Big Ten rival Penn State University.

Some of the signage and t-shirts that we have been made aware of were both inappropriate and offensive.

I have spoken with and apologized to the Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour and I would like to apologize equally to the Penn State University fans, as well as Rutgers fans that were subjected to this classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department or fan base.

eIt is unfortunate that the actions of a few spoiled an otherwise historic and recording-setting night that Rutgers fans provided for our first Big Ten football game.The two inappropriate pictures that appeared briefly on our Facebook page as part of a 200-picture montage were immediately removed when we were alerted to their content.

It is unfortunate that the actions of a few spoiled an otherwise historic and recording-setting night that Rutgers fans provided for our first Big Ten football game.

Julie Hermann
Rutgers Athletic Director

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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