Anna Clarke | Contributing Writer | Friday, 4 November 2016

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Harvard University Suspends Entire Football Team For Dickish Comments

The Debrief: The team will have to forfeit their next games, boo hoo. bye guys.

The prestigious Ivy league University, Harvard, has suspended all of its men’s football team for the rest of the season due to salacious comments they made about members of the women’s team. Their remarks – uncovered by the University’s student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson – were described as ‘appalling’ by Drew Faust, the University President.

The comments were discovered in a 2012 document, known as ‘The Scouting Report’ which included the rating of new recruits on the women’s football team in order of attractiveness and other gross, sexually explicit remarks like:

 'She looks like the kind of girl who both likes to dominate, and likes to be dominated,' as reported in the Crimson.

The ‘report’ was distributed over group email (weirdly formal for such gutter locker room chat) and appears to be a yearly occurrence since 2012. Harvard University have rightly taken a tough stance on the team, disqualifying all players and forcing the team to forfeit their remaining games of the season. High five Harvard.

'I was deeply distressed to learn that the appalling actions of the 2012 men’s soccer [football] team were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few individuals, but appear to have been more widespread across the team and have continued beyond 2012, including in the current season,' said Mr Faust in the statement. 

'The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behaviour and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community.'

Considering how huge college football is in the US, this is big big deal for the University and will have a considered impact on both their sporting and wider reputation. The team was first in the Ivy League men’s football table and was just one win away from an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. Bet lunch at the Uni cafeteria is gonna fun for those guys next week!

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Tags: Sexism