Threatened by mail
Friday, April 18, 2008
Below is a look at local athletes and others the FBI says have received hate mail from Pepper Pike resident David Tuason, who was charged earlier this month. Prosecutors said he threatened to kill or maim them. Nearly all were black men who dated white women or were children of interracial couples. Ollie Thomas, who is black, believes he was targeted because he ran for class president at Mentor High.
Mentor High School track athlete
Received: Around May 30, 2003.
Thomas ran track at Mentor but was in the news more in May 2003 because of the school's controversial senior class president election, an election filled with accusations of ballot-stuffing and racial discrimination. It resulted in co-presidency at the predominantly white school between Thomas and Bob Kinner.
Supreme Court Justice
Received: Around July 25, 2003.
Thomas is married to a white woman.
Former Kent State women's
Received: Around April 14, 2007.
Photo of Peoples with her parents, an interracial couple, appeared in The Plain Dealer on Dec. 12, 2006, accompanying a story about the basketball player transferring to Kent State.
Revere High School girls
Received: Around Oct. 10, 2007.
Nance is the daughter of former Cavaliers player Larry Nance, who is black, and Jaynee Nance, who is white. A story and picture of Nance about her decision to play for the University of Dayton appeared in The Plain Dealer on Sept. 28, 2007.
Received: Around Feb. 4, 2008.
Jarreau married a white woman.
Received: Around Feb. 6, 2008.
Seal is married to model Heidi Klum, who is white.
Strongsville High School football player
Received: Around March 3, 2008.
Woods, who is biracial, is often in the news for his athletic achievements. The Cincinnati recruit was pictured with stories on the cover of The Plain Dealer's Sports section and Locker Room section in February.
Tuason is also suspected of sending letters to the following people:
ST. IGNATIUS SOCCER TEAM
Barry Rice and Justin Morrow
Received: Nov. 30, 2004.
Both Rice and Morrow, who are black, were pictured with their Homecoming dates, who were white, in The Plain Dealer's Locker Room section on Nov. 18, 2004.
ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL
Unspecified athletes or students
Received: Dec. 2, 2004.
Miami Dolphins defensive lineman and former Akron player
Taylor married a white woman.
New York Yankees shortstop
Jeter is biracial.
Diggs married a white woman.
SOURCES: FBI, indictment,
Plain Dealer research.