Harvard Cancel soccer Team Men’s After Finding Sexually Explicit Scouting of Women’s Team

Harvard Cancel soccer Team

Harvard University cancel its men’s soccer team for the remainder of its season Thursday after it was discovered members of the team had created a lewd “scouting report” of the appearance and attractiveness of the women’s team. The men’s team, currently in first place in the Ivy League, has two games remaining on its schedule. “The team will forfeit its remaining games and will decline any opportunity to achieve an Ivy League championship or to participate in the NCAA Tournament this year,” Harvard Athletic director Robert Scalise wrote in an email to student-athletes at the university. Harvard Cancel soccer Team!!!

Statement from President Drew Gilpin Faust:

“I was deeply distressed to learn that the appalling actions of the 2012 men’s soccer team were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few individuals, but appear to have been more wide-spread across the team and have continued beyond 2012, including in the current season.

Given this information, I fully support the clear and unequivocal decision made by the Director of Athletics today to cancel the remainder of the team’s season, including post-season play. I also agree with the Director’s desire to engage the team in a systematic program of training and to use this experience to reinforce core institutional values across the entire Department of Athletics. Harvard Cancel soccer Team!!

The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behavior 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.”

The nine-page document, uncovered by the Harvard Crimson student newspaper last week, rated each recruit by her physical attractiveness and featured photos of each woman attached to vulgar commentary. The author, a member of the 2012 men’s team, also assigned each of them a nickname and a sexual position, including “missionary,” “Doggy style,” “The Triple Lindy,” and “cowgirl.” One recruit, he wrote, “looks like the kind of girl who both likes to dominate, and likes to be dominated.”

In an email to Harvard student-athletes Thursday, athletic director Robert L. Scalise said he decided to cancel the rest of the season, including postseason play, because the “practice appears to be more widespread across the team and has continued beyond 2012, including in 2016.”

Harvard Cancel soccer Team

“As a direct result of what Harvard Athletics has learned, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the 2016 men’s soccer season,” Scalise wrote. “The team will forfeit its remaining games and will decline any opportunity to achieve an Ivy League championship or to participate in the NCAA Tournament this year.”

Harvard President Drew Faust issued a statement Thursday in support of Scalise’s decision.

“The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential,” he wrote, “and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behavior 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.”

In a powerful letter published in the Harvard Crimson after the report went public, six members of the current women’s soccer team acknowledged the “sad reality” of the misogynistic college culture the report reveals.

“More than anything, we are frustrated that this is a reality that all women have faced in the past and will continue to face throughout their lives,” the letter read. “We feel hopeless because men who are supposed to be our brothers degrade us like this. We are appalled that female athletes who are told to feel empowered and proud of their abilities are so regularly reduced to a physical appearance.”

Faust added that she supported the decision to cancel the team’s season, saying that “the team’s behavior 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.” Harvard Cancel soccer Team!!

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