An athlete at UCLA was booted from the cross country and track and field team when the N-word surfaced on social media after a video recording of it.
Head coach Avery Anderson announced on Monday that Chris Weiland, a senior at the University of Los Angeles, had been dropped from the team.
“Chris Weiland has been dismissed as a member of the cross country and track and field teams,” Anderson Said in a statement.
“Ucla_is_racist” was posted to the Instagram account after the dismissal ½ minute video and was widely shared over the weekend. According to the los angeles times. Accounts It appears to have been removed by Tuesday.
The report states that the clip showed Weil using racist and homophobic slurs when his girlfriend cheated on him with another man.
She reportedly said, because she wants to be with this f-ing, which has no future. “She is going to live with an idiot n – who is going to be in community college all her life.”
The LA Times said that “many people close to the program” confirmed that the person speaking was Weiland.
A screenshot of a text message showing the runner was also posted, using allegedly offensive language.
As reported by the Times, Weiland was events at UCLA before being nominated in late 2019.
Anderson said he learned of the comment a few months ago and immediately suspended Weiland from the team.
“My hatred even as a coach, my intention is always to lead and educate and bring the changes that I want to see in this world,” he said in the statement.
“I can talk about changing the world, or I can work to do this. And that’s what I’ve done to this person in the last few months. “
Anderson reinstated Weiland in January, but “after expressing concern by team members and the athletic community, it became clear that their continued involvement with the team is inconsistent with the culture of mutual support and respect that we promote Giving. “
“I now realize that the decision to reinstate him was not the right decision, and that today’s action is for the best of our team,” he said.
Prior to Weiland’s dismissal, the UCLA Black Student-Athlete Association on Sunday Issued a statement To say “UCLA was deeply troubled to learn of an incident of callous racism, homophobia, and sexism and took little action about it.”
“We at BSAA refuse to accept the actions of that athlete, as well as a lack of action by coaches, staff and administration to address the issue.”