Nov 3, 2016 6:46 PM
Harvard ends men's soccer season over sexist 'scouting reports' recently surfaced
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Harvard has cancelled the rest of the men’s soccer team’s season after an Office of General Counsel review found that the team produced vulgar and explicit documents that rate female soccer players based on their physical appearance- then gave them nick names and assigned sexual positions to them.
The “scouting guide” was circulated July 31, 2012, through an e-mail server that was public on Google Groups, until recently, the Crimson reported.
Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise wrote in an email to Harvard student athletes that he decided to cancel the rest of the team’s season because the “practice appears to be more widespread across the team and has continued beyond 2012, including in 2016.”
“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 men's soccer team was ranked first in the Ivy League, with the record of 4-0-1. The two games remaining in the season will be forfeited and Harvard will decline any Ivy League or NCAA postseason opportunities.
The Harvard women's soccer team wanted to speak for themselves on this matter, with a response in the Crimson, saying in part, "We feel hopeless because men who are supposed to be our brothers degrade us like this...We are distraught that mothers having daughters almost a half century after getting equal rights have to worry about men’s entitlement to bodies that aren’t theirs."