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St. Joe softball player offers an apology: ABC Channel 6

Moderator:   The letter, presumably well intentioned, demonstrates why educators and coaches need to emphasize why “voluntary participation” by athletes is no excuse in a court.

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In a letter, obtained by Action News, one of the suspended player concedes – in her words – “You know just as well as I do, our team had a freshman welcome week, there is no denying that.”

Action News had previously reported that freshman players were given written instructions on things they had to do or there would be consequences.

It’s alleged that those students had to consume alcohol, perform sexual acts involving inappropriate touching and lap dances, and other acts to graphic to outline.

The player acknowledged the existence of the letter outlining those things, but she says everything was meant to be voluntary.

The player says she now realizes that some students may have thought that they were required.

In the letter she refers to the inappropriate touching by saying, “To us, this is no big deal because we do that all the time.”

She also goes on to say, “One of the events planned was a lap dance.”

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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