Curlers apologise for drunken behaviour which saw them booted from competition
‘Due to a lapse in judgment on Saturday, we contributed to a (sic) unpleasant experience for others.’
Members of a curling team have apologised for their disruptive behaviour after being ejected from a recent tournament in Alberta, Canada.
Ryan Fry, who won gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics, skip Jamie Koe, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby were thrown out of the Red Deer Curling Classic for “unsportsmanlike behaviour” due to drunkenness.
They reportedly damaged equipment and the locker room, forfeiting their remaining game as a result.
The team of Jamie Koe, Ryan Fry, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby has been ejected from the Red Deer Curling Classic due to unsportsmanlike behaviour, forfeiting their remaining game. #curling #wcthttps://t.co/DmrezFmzwq— World Curling Tour (@worldcurltour) November 18, 2018
Fry, who was part of the Canadian team which beat Great Britain in the men’s curling final in Sochi, apologised on Twitter along with a picture of a motivational quote.
I want to express how sorry I am to everyone affected by my actions on Saturday. I never meant to offend anyone but that’s the result of a poor decision - I have to live with the consequences and will be taking every step needed to guarantee this never happens again. #notgivingup pic.twitter.com/3gnjkDam1W— Ryan Fry (@ryanfry79) November 19, 2018
“I want to express how sorry I am to everyone affected by my actions on Saturday,” he wrote.
“I never meant to offend anyone but that’s the result of a poor decision – I have to live with the consequences and will be taking every step needed to guarantee this never happens again.”
Meanwhile, captain Koe posted a statement in which he admitted the team had been disrespectful.
My official statement regarding the 2018 Red Deer Curling Classic. pic.twitter.com/FUEbW92dG5— Jamie Koe (@JKnwt) November 19, 2018
“On behalf of my team, I would like to apologise to everyone involved in the 2018 Red Deer Curling Classic,” he wrote.
“Due to a lapse in judgment on Saturday, we contributed to a (sic) unpleasant experience for others. Although I removed myself from the last game before it started, the actions from the team led to our disqualification.
“We were disrespectful and the committee was right to disqualify us from further play, which we did not argue. I would like to sincerely apologise to the athletes, fans and organisers at the event. I will be taking steps to ensure this never happens again.”
Fans and opponents reportedly complained about Koe’s team during the tournament, which is a part of the World Curling Tour.
Curling centre manager Wade Thurber said the team has apologised to the club and Fry has offered to pay for any damage.