Washington men's crew coach Bob Ernst has thrown two rowers
off his team after they admitted painting an antigay slur on
a fence outside a teammate's home. The two rowers were
"An inappropriate word was painted on a fence"
in front of the 19-year-old's house, and Ernst "took
some very quick action and elected to remove those
members for violating team rules," Marie Tuite, the
Seattle university's senior associate athletic director,
told The Seattle Times on Tuesday.
The incident involving the nonvarsity rowers
occurred the night of March 25, when the Huskies' best
crews were in California at a regatta. Athletic
director Todd Turner, citing privacy regulations, refused to
identify the disciplined rowers or their year at the university.
A police report said the victim suspected he was
targeted because he was ill and missed a crew practice
the previous morning. The victim also told police he
had been outspoken about some of the hazing that freshmen
undergo on the team. (AP)