University sends out photo of LSU's Painted Posse removes cross from original photo

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Notice the cross in the upper left corner of their chest.  Below see the photo LSU placed on their site after photoshoping the image, removing the crosses.

--According to a group of Louisiana State University football fans whose admiration for the Tigers is second only to their love for Jesus is outraged after the school digitally erased the tiny crosses they painted on their bare upper chests at a recent football game.

The Painted Posse are some of the biggest celebrities on LSU’s campus, but at the end of the day, the purpose of the Painted Posse goes beyond school spirit.

What happened to the crosses?

Most, if not all, of the Painted Posse members are involved in a Christian campus ministry and seek to exemplify their beliefs through their fandom. (

The school’s  spokesman, Herb Vincent told the site the school altered the image to prevent other students from being offended by the weekly Geaux-Mail newsletter.

"We don't want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out," the school said in a statement. "Only one of the students, who didn't appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we'll just choose a different photo.”

The Painted Posse are regularly seen on televised broadcasts and have been on the front of ESPN Magazine.  Click here to read more about this story.