Harvard condemns lewd scouting report by men's soccer team

BOSTON (AP) " Harvard University has condemned a sexually explicit document that members of the 2012 men's soccer team called their scouting report of the women's soccer team.

In the nine-page document, uncovered this week by The Harvard Crimson student newspaper, a member of the men's team rated the physical attractiveness of new recruits on the women's team and included their photos and lewd comments about many of them. It was circulated online among teammates.

The unidentified author assigned each female recruit a nickname and a sexual position, writing one "looks like the kind of girl who both likes to dominate, and likes to be dominated."

Other teammates weighed in on the remarks, some voicing approval. They circulated the missive on a website that could be accessed by the public until recently.

University officials said they didn't know about the document until this week. They described it as offensive and unacceptable.

"Harvard University Athletics has zero tolerance for behavior of this kind and is deeply upset by these offensive and derogatory remarks," Harvard Athletics Director Bob Scalise said in a statement.

Women's soccer coach Chris Hamblin said the players recruited to his team in 2012 were "outstanding student-athletes and are, above all else, incredible human beings."

"The information contained in this document from 2012 is unacceptable, and I am saddened to see this level of disrespect shown to these women," he added.

Hamblin said the men's and women's teams share a strong rapport founded on respect and support for one another.

In the document, the author refers to another scouting report from the year before, and The Crimson reported it appears to have been an annual tradition among the men's team.

Officials at the Ivy League university wouldn't say whether they were investigating to determine if similar letters were circulated after 2012 but said they were "working to assess the circumstances surrounding it."

"This kind of behavior is completely at odds with the educational environment we seek to foster and with our central value of treating one another with dignity and respect," Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said.

Men's soccer coach Pieter Lehrer, who was hired in 2013, said he was "shocked and disgusted" by the document.

"I will take this opportunity to address this document from 2012 with my current athletes," he said. "I hope their seeing how offensive and hurtful this is will be a valuable lesson for everyone involved with this program."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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