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ASU loses lacrosse season; coach moans over punishment

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TEMPE – Arizona State University officials have put an end to the school’s men’s lacrosse season.

Lacrosse Magazine reports the suspension is the result of a hazing incident a few weeks ago. It was reportedly a party off campus where there was a lot of underage drinking going on.

3TV reached out to a number of people associated with the lacrosse team but so far no one is commenting.

The team’s coach is quoted in Lacrosse Magazine saying, “He was stunned by the school’s decision to suspend his 34-man team.”

The magazine also quotes Coach Chris Malone saying, “The players understand they did something wrong. They made a mistake but I’m not sure if the punishment fits this situation.”

The team cannot play and cannot practice until August. Then they will be on a two-year-probation period. It has been a club sport at ASU for 40 years and last season was their best ever.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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