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|Subject: Imbecilic Columbia suspends wrestling season after discovery of sexually explicit and racist texts Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:51 am|| |
|Columbia University has suspended its wrestling team's season while officials investigate sexually explicit, homophobic and racist text messages sent by team members.|
The New York Times reported Monday that Columbia released a statement saying that the school's athletic department "has decided that Columbia wrestlers will not compete until we have a full understanding of the facts on which to base the official response to this disturbing matter."
Anonymous screen shots of the messages, which spanned from 2014 to last week, were first published Thursday on Bwog.com, an independent, Columbia student-run news site. Bwog publisher James Fast, a Columbia sophomore, told the New York Times that Bwog received the text messages from an anonymous source early last week.
"They were sent to us by an anonymous tipster who felt this conversation had no longer become entertainment," Fast said.
The school responded by releasing a statement on Thursday that the messages are "appalling, at odds with the core values of the University, violate team guidelines, and have no place in our community." Columbia canceled its season-opening match against Binghamton over the weekend. The Lions' next scheduled meet is Sunday, at the New York State Championships in Ithaca.
Earlier this month, Harvard canceled its men's soccer season after the university found evidence that sexually explicit "scouting reports" written by members of the men's soccer team about Harvard women's soccer recruits continued through 2016. The student-run Harvard Crimson had earlier reported that a member of the 2012 men's soccer team had ranked the attractiveness of female players and assigned them sexual positions.
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