ND State College of Science Gay Football Player Removed From TeamWAHPETON, N.D. – North Dakota State College of Science freshman football player Jamie Kuntz has voluntarily withdrawn his enrollment at school on Tuesday according to a statement issued by school officials.
By: Tom Mix, Forum Communications
WAHPETON, N.D. – North Dakota State College of Science freshman football player Jamie Kuntz has voluntarily withdrawn his enrollment at school on Tuesday according to a statement issued by school officials.
Prior to his withdrawal, Kuntz, 18, of Dickinson, N.D., was dismissed from the NDSCS football team for a violation of team rules.
It is unknown what team violation Kuntz broke, but a report on www.thestranger.com by Dan Savage says the former Wildcats student-athlete was reprimanded by coaches following a road game in Pueblo, Colo. on Sept. 1, after which game he had revealed himself as being homosexual.
Savage's report says Kuntz – who was not playing in the Wildcats’ game against Snow College because of a concussion – elected to film the game for his team in the press box with his boyfriend from Denver.
While taping the game, Kuntz was seen kissing his boyfriend by teammates on the sidelines, the report says. After the game, NDSCS head coach Chuck Parsons pulled Kuntz off the team bus and confronted him. At that point, Kuntz denied kissing anyone and denied being gay.
After the confrontation, a distraught Kuntz tweeted posts that had a suicidal themes and police were called to his dorm in Wahpeton, the report said.
After police determined Kuntz was not a suicide risk, Kuntz sent a text message to Parsons admitting he had kissed the male companion in the press box and that he indeed was gay, the report said.
Parsons summoned Kuntz into his office the next day for a meeting in which Kuntz was informed that his conduct was a ‘detrimental’ and a ‘distraction’ to the Wildcats football program and would be kicked off the team for violation of team rules, the report said.
The letter Kuntz received detailing the reason for his dismissal states that: “The head coach reserves the right to dismiss any member for any conduct that is deemed detrimental to the team." Parsons told Kuntz the reason he was removed was because he had lied. Kuntz had told Parsons that the man he had kissed was his grandfather. Kuntz said he later felt guilty about lying and came clean.
Being homosexual is not listed as grounds for dismissal from the football team in the NDSCS player’s manual. The manual does list several reasons, but has a clause which states that potential grounds for dismissal are not limited to the reasons detailed in the manual.