Harvard cancels men’s soccer season after players sexually rated female athletes

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The Harvard Crimson unearthed a “scouting report” from 2012, in which the men’s team ranked that year’s female recruits by physical attractiveness.Photo by jayyuan/Adobe

The discovery of sexually explicit documents, showing the Harvard men’s soccer team continually ranked the physical appearances of women’s team members, lead the university to cancel the remainder of the team’s season, the Harvard Crimson reported.

The Crimson unearthed a “scouting report” from 2012, in which the men’s team ranked that year’s female recruits by physical attractiveness. According to the student newspaper, the actions were widespread across the team and continued into 2016.

Harvard’s Office of General Council reviewed the documents before the university notified the team Thursday morning that its season was canceled, the Associated Press reported.

“The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behavior and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community,” University President Drew Faust said in a statement.

The six recruits who comprised the 2012 women’s team freshman class wrote an op-ed published in the Crimson last week.

“We are concerned for the future, because we know that the only way we can truly move past this culture is for the very men who perpetrate it to stop it in its tracks,” the women wrote.

The Crimson reported Friday that student athletes and coaches around campus supported the university’s decision to suspend the team.

The men’s soccer team, which currently sits in first place of the Ivy League, will forfeit the rest of its games this season and will not participate in postseason play, University President Drew Faust announced in a statement Thursday.

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