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Louisville dismisses 3 men’s soccer players who threw COVID-19 party

The party in question resulted in 29 U of L student athletes testing positive for COVID-19.

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The University of Louisville announced Thursday afternoon that three men’s soccer players who threw a Saturday night party that resulted in 29 Cardinal athletes testing positive for COVID-19 have been dismissed from the program. Three other team members have been suspended as a result of their actions from the same weekend.

“I’m extremely disappointed in these young men and particularly with the three that have been dismissed,” U of L men’s soccer head coach John Michael Hayden said in a release. “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.”

The three players who were dismissed each had prior team violations.

”I fully support John Michael’s decision,” said U of L athletic director Vince Tyra. “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.”

The 29 positive COVID tests resulted in the U of L men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball an field hockey teams being forced to shut down all team activities for two weeks.

There is a clear and forceful message being sent out from the athletic department this week: If you want to play anything in 2020-21, you’re going to have to strictly abide by the rules. Unfortunately in this case, “abiding by the rules” means giving up a large part of the typical college experience ... at least for a year .... fingers crossed.