A young wrestling star from California was stripped of his college scholarship after a video of him using an anti-gay slur went viral.
Bronson Harmon, a recent high school graduate and accomplished wrestler, attended a Families Belong Together rally in Modesto, C.A., on June 30. The incoming Cal Poly freshman, who was slated to receive a scholarship from the college, was caught on camera holding a Trump 2016 sign, flipping off protesters, and yelling “Fuck you, faggot” to a person who recorded him.
That person, Abdul Lasaing, uploaded the footage to Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 50,000 times.
Harmon, who’d attended the event with his father and a friend, reportedly got involved in a physical altercation later in the day. The victim asked to press charges, but Harmon claims he never touched the man.
No charges or arrests have been made, but on July 17, Cal Poly athletic director Don Oberhelman confirmed that Harmon’s scholarship had been rescinded.
“Saying what I said is definitely not the right thing,” Harmon admitted to The Modesto Bee. “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. But I still feel like my freedom of speech was taken away and I don’t think my scholarship should have been revoked over something like that.”
Harmon still plans to attend Cal Poly in the fall.
“I got accepted and they said I am welcome still,” he said. “It’s just that they can’t be bringing all this publicity to athletics so I can’t be involved with athletics.”