Cal Poly San Luis Obispo revoked the wrestling scholarship of an incoming freshman after he was caught on camera yelling a gay slur at a counter march to people protesting the Trump administration’s immigration policy of separating children from their parents.
“Fuck you, faggot,” Bronson Harmon yells as he pops the middle finger, while holding a “Trump 2016” sign, to Abdul Lasaing, a man filming the counter-demonstration in Modesto, Calif., on June 30.
Harmon was with his father and others countering the Families Belong Together march.
“I totally regret it,” Bronson Harmon said of the slur, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune. “I got caught up in the heat of the moment. I was there to peacefully protest the things that we believe, and people were harassing us, spitting on us and calling us Nazis.”
Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman would not comment on why Harmon’s scholarship was revoked, but he told the paper the university had seen the video prior to making the decision.
“Saying what I said is definitely not the right thing. I am supposed to be there to help the community be the best person I can be and represent the college the best way I can,” Bronson Harmon told The Tribune. “But I still feel like my freedom of speech was taken away, and I don’t think my scholarship should have been revoked over something like that.”
Actually, Harmon is wrong, since nothing stops a university from revoking a scholarship for a variety of reasons. “Oberhelman said the offer of financial aid signed by all student athletes says the university can cancel aid for actions that could cause embarrassment to the school at the discretion of the athletic director,” according to the newspaper.
Harmon will still enroll at Cal Poly this fall and now that he can no longer wrestle, he said he will focus on becoming a mixed martial artist.