Controversy struck the football team at North Dakota State College of Science when a gay player was removed from the team for lying.
Jamie Kuntz, an eighteen-year-old freshman, had to sit out the first game of the season due to the effects of a concussion. Instead of playing, Kuntz videotaped the game from the press box, where, allegedly, his 65-year-old boyfriend sat next to him. During the game, the two shared a kiss.
When the team returned home and the coaching staff was informed, head coach Chuck Parsons questioned Kuntz about the incident. Kuntz originally told Parsons that he kissed his grandfather, but later admitted lying. Coach Parsons dismissed Kuntz from the team for “conduct deemed detrimental to the team.” Parsons followed up with a letter to Kuntz explaining that the dismissal was for lying about the kiss, not for the kiss itself.
Kuntz, who was on a partial scholarship, has since withdrawn from the College.
Although a few former professional football players have admitted to being gay, none have done so during their playing careers.
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