By Marc Weinreich
October 25, 2012

Special Olympics athlete John Stephens called out conservative political commentator Ann Coulter over her use of the "R-word" in a tweet she posted Oct. 22 about the presidential debate.

Stephens, 30, has participated in the Special Olympics for over 19 years, competing in soccer, softball, golf, horseback riding and basketball. He wrote an open letter to Coulter on the Special Olympics homepage that she is better than that to use such an offensive term and said that he is not "dumb or shallow" because of an intellectual disability:

“I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.”

He invited her to attend the next Special Olympics with the hope that she would leave a changed person. Coulter has not responded to the letter and her tweets remain posted.

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