Hanna Strong, a Syracuse University soccer player, has been identified as the woman caught on tape yelling homophobic and racial slurs at a fellow classmate.
The reason for the altercation is unknown, but in the video you see and hear Hanna tell one guy as he backs away with his hands up:
“If you touch me, it’ll be over.“
She then approached the person recording and said:
“…and you for recording this, you ou fa*got a*s n*gger, it’s bullshit. Call me out on saying the n-word, I don’t give a shit. Don’t record me saying this!”
The craziest part about the whole incident is that the school’s Department of Public Safety officer is standing nearby as all this goes down.
What Hanna fails to recognize is that by being a college athlete she’s a representation of not only herself, but the institution she plays for.
Syracuse University has a responsibility to ensure that both student and athletic handbook policies are upheld — and we’re pretty sure that what we see in this video is a violation.
UPDATE: Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross has issued a statement.
“We are aware of the offensive comments made last night by a member of the women’s soccer team. This type of intolerant and hurtful language, focused on both race and sexual orientation, is not part of the culture we seek to foster among our student-athletes and it has no place at Syracuse University.
“Earlier today, this student-athlete was indefinitely suspended from the team by Coach Phil Wheddon. In addition I have been in contact with Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz. An active investigation is underway by the University’s Department of Public Safety and Title IX Office and their findings will be immediately reported to the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities.
“Syracuse Athletics, as a strong and diverse part of this University community, has zero tolerance for these actions.”
Watch what happened below.