Clarett, mother receive death threat

Updated: October 10, 2003, 7:17 PM ET

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The mother of suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett received a racially charged death threat addressed to her son.

Michelle Clarett received the letter, which had no return address, at her home on Oct. 2, according to a police report.

The typed message was from "OSU cheerleaders" and said that "black men should stay away from white women." It included other racial remarks and ended with a message that the writer will "kill and bomb the place."

Police are treating the letter as an ethnic intimidation and aggravated menacing case. Lt. Robin Lees said the letter was sent to the state crime lab.

"We do know that another similar letter was sent to the New England area," Lees said. "It was not directed at Maurice Clarett but it was a general threat against blacks."

Clarett's mother declined to comment Friday.

Clarett is suspended for the season for accepting money from a family friend and for lying about it to investigators. He is suing the NFL, asking a judge to throw out a rule that prevents him from entering the draft until he has been out of high school for three years.

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