Well, this isn’t good. An athletic program that has already been in a great deal of trouble may have more issues on its hands.
According to WIBW in Topeka, Kansas two KU cheerleaders alleged they were hazed during a kid’s summer camp last year. According to the article linked above:
“The incident was first reported by the Kansas State Collegian May 4th.
The newspaper published a report in which two first-year KU cheerleaders claimed six new team members were blindfolded, forced to take off their clothes, and verbally and physically abused by older members and alumni of the team last summer.
The women say they expressed concern to team leaders and head coach Lyndsay Marriott but were told no one involved would be punished.”
Kansas’ cheerleading squad was put on probation last fall and will remain on probation until this September, but the reasons were for violating sections of the KU student code that include harm to persons and hazing, so not specifically just hazing and clearly Kansas tried to hide the exact details.
Hazing continues to be a major problem across schools in America. My fraternity at Kentucky was kicked off campus because of hazing and that was eight years ago. We hear about these stories all the time and they don’t seem to be slowing down.
It’s especially bad given what’s gone on at Kansas over the last few seasons. Men’s basketball star Lagerald Vick was accussed of punching and kicking a girl in the face and Josh Jackson chased a girl to her car where he allegedly vandalized the car while threatening the female inside.
Plus, Kansas has also been mentioned several times in the FBI/adidas scandal that has put a cloud over the men’s basketball program. Remember, Romeo Langford’s dad, who does plenty of talking, said the Jayhawks were partially eliminated because of the FBI scandal. Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger has plenty of work to do to clean up these disturbing issues.
It may also explain why new UofL president Neeli Bendapudi left Kansas for Louisville. She was the provost and vice chancellor at Kansas before leaving Lawrence.