Columbia suspends wrestling season while investigating lewd texts

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Columbia University is the latest Ivy League school to suspend one of it’s athletic programs over racial and sexist messaging. The wrestling team has been suspended by the university “until we have a full understanding of the facts on which to base the official response to this disturbing matter” a university statement outlined.

According to the New York Times, a university official confirmed on Monday that the team was practicing.

Columbia withdrew from a meet on Sunday at Binghamton.  According to the school’s website, the team’s next meet – this Sunday at the new The team’s next meet is scheduled for this Sunday at the New York State championships. No mention or notation is made if the team will travel to that event.

According to Bwog, an independent student-run news organization, the lewd messages on the messaging app GroupMe span from 2014 until recently and mock women’s appearances, make jokes about rape, use homophobic and racist slurs, among other comments.

In it’s statement, the university also said: “Columbia University has zero tolerance in its athletics programs for the group messaging and texts sent by several members of the men’s varsity wrestling team. They are appalling, at odds with the core values of the University, violate team guidelines, and have no place in our community. ”

Harvard cancelled the remainder of its men’s soccer season after lewd comments about the women’s team surfaced.