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Princeton Swim Team Has Season Canceled Over Locker Room Talk

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Blake Neff Reporter

Princeton University suspended its men’s swimming program for the rest of the season after the discovery of internal team emails the school described as “racist,” “misogynistic,” and “offensive.”

The emails in question were part of a school-sponsored email listserv used by members of the men’s swimming and diving team. The school isn’t revealing what was said in the emails, though it did indicate many of the comments were about members of the women’s swim team.

“We make clear to all of our student-athletes that they represent Princeton University at all times, on and off the playing surface and in and out of season, and we expect appropriate, respectful conduct from them at all times,” Princeton athletic director Mollie Marcoux Samaan said in a statement. “The behavior that we have learned about is simply unacceptable. It is antithetical to the values of our athletic program and of the University, and will not be tolerated.” (RELATED: Princeton Staff Told To Avoid Saying ‘Man’ At All Costs)

The Princeton swimmers are just the latest Ivy League athletic program to be punished after the discovery of so-called “locker room talk.” In November, Harvard University suspended its men’s soccer team for the remainder of the season after The Harvard Crimson publicized a sexually-tinged dossier team members made about members of the women’s team. Similarly, Columbia University suspended several members of its wrestling team after private messages in a group chat used by the team were leaked.

This is the second time in less than two years that Princeton’s swim team has landed in hot water. In April, 2015, the student group “Urban Congo,” which included several swim team members, caused an uproar after it created videos that were allegedly insensitive toward African culture.

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