Louisville dismisses 3 soccer players, suspends 3 others for party linked to coronavirus spread


Louisville has dismissed three men’s soccer players and suspended three other team members after they were found responsible for hosting a party that led to the spread of the coronavirus and forced four programs to temporarily suspend workouts, the athletics department announced Thursday.

According to ESPN, the party resulted in 29 positive tests—all student-athletes. Louisville was forced to pause team activities for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball.

“I'm extremely disappointed in these young men and particularly with the three that have been dismissed,” head coach John Michael Hayden said in a statement. “They have demonstrated with their actions now and previously that they do not echo the culture of this program. Our student-athletes are held to a high standard of conduct as representatives of our program and university.”

Though Louisville didn’t reveal the names of the players, it did note in its announcement that all three students that were dismissed “each had prior team violations.”

"I fully support John Michael's decision," Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said. "It is clear that these student-athletes did not meet the code of conduct of the university or their team. Ignoring the safety protocols issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the athletic department, is unacceptable and dangerous. Their history of actions are not in alignment with the values of this university and athletics department."


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