Last week, we reported on the Columbia University wrestling team and the series of racist/inappropriate emails that had been leaked to the student newspaper, BWOG. According to the newspaper, the emails and texts sent by the wrestlers had been going on since 2014 and contained jokes about minorities and women.
Everyone aware of the story knew that it was just a matter of time before the Columbia administration dropped the hammer, especially because this story followed so closely behind the Harvard men’s soccer email scandal that was nearly identical. In the case of the Harvard men’s soccer team, the school canceled the rest of their season, even though Harvard was at the number one spot in their conference and had a real opportunity to make waves in the NCAA Tournament.
Today, we learned that not only were the circumstances similar but that the punishment was similar also. Columbia University has canceled the rest of the wrestling season.