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Utica College Baseball team suspended after alleged "hazing"
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica College Baseball team has been suspended from practice and games through Friday, April 5, according to a letter by the Athletic Director sent to parents.
The suspension is due to alleged hazing, as freshmen members of the team wore children's pajamas on airplane on its way to Florida.
Athletic Director David Fontaine says that hazing is a violation of NCAA codes. Fontaine cites "the NCAA’s handbook on preventing hazing cites 'asking new members to wear embarrassing or humiliating attire' as an example of harassment hazing."
The letter continues, "I realize that the suspension may seem overly harsh... Utica College must send a strong message that such behaviors will not be tolerated, no matter what the scope."
The suspension went into effect on March 27. No games or practice sessions are allowed.