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After Racial Incident, Amherst College Suspends Men’s Lacrosse Team, Terminates Coach

Amherst College has suspended its men’s lacrosse team and terminated team coach Jon Thompson following what it said was a racial incident involving team members, reported The Boston Globe.

The college sent a letter Friday to students, faculty and staff addressing its investigation into an alleged incident “that occurred nearly two weeks ago [that] involved the use by some members of the lacrosse team of racist, harassing speech.”

Amherst men’s lacrosse coach Jon Thompson.Amherst men’s lacrosse coach Jon Thompson.

Amherst Student, the college newspaper, said the alleged incident occurred March 7 outside a player’s dormitory room.

In the letter, the college also mentioned past “deeply troubling cases” involving members of the Amherst men’s lacrosse team.

“Those cases include sharing photos of a teammate with a swastika drawn on his face who had passed out at a party, and GroupMe exchanges denigrating and ridiculing gender-nonconforming and trans staff,” the letter said.

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