Another Men's Sports Team in Hot Water at Harvard

This time, the cross-country team ranked female athletes, sometimes lewdly
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Another Men's Sports Team in Hot Water at Harvard
Another athletic team in trouble at Harvard.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – When Harvard suspended its men's soccer team last week for the rest of the season due to an "appalling" system of ranking female players, one of the reasons the school gave for its harsh punishment was the fact that team members weren't exactly communicative and cooperative at first (the team as a whole has since apologized). Per Inside Higher Ed, the men on the school's cross-country team were obviously paying attention to the smackdown: Now members of that roster have come forward to admit to their own past spreadsheets (some containing "sexually explicit" remarks) describing female athletes and compiled each year before a dance held with the women's cross-country team, the Harvard Crimson reports.

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The cross-country team's documents included speculation as to which guys would get an invite to the dance from which girls, with some comments referring to the women's weight or other physical attributes. And per correspondence between alumni seen by the Crimson, even former and current team members acknowledge how bad past spreadsheets were, with one noting, "Hahaha dude 2012 was the absolute worst." Team captain Brandon E. Price, who on Saturday emailed the team to "come clean" about any female rankings, says the team has tamped down the lewdness since a 2014 spreadsheet the team was "particularly ashamed of." The school's athletic director says in a statement: "Harvard Athletics does not tolerate this sort of demeaning and derogatory behavior, and we will address any credible information we receive." (A response from some of the former female soccer players.)

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