WTH?! WHAT?!! (OK, I had to get that out of the way). Jamie Kuntz was dismissed from the North Dakota State College of Science football team on September 3rd for what coach called a ‘distraction’.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Kuntz, who has been injured was not able to play in the Wildcats’ blowout loss to Snow College in Pueblo, Colorado so he was asked to film the game. Kuntz invited his 65-year-old boyfriend, who lives in Colorado, to join him to watch the game. During the second half of the 63-17 blowout, Kuntz took a minute away from the camera to kiss his boyfriend. The kiss was caught by some of Kuntz’s teammates and word started to spread.
Kuntz gave his account to Yahoo! Sports:
“He pulls me off the bus to talk to me and he said, ‘What was going on in the press box?'” Kuntz told Yahoo! Sports. “So I was like, ‘What are you talking about? I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I was playing stupid. And he goes, ‘People said that you were distracting them the whole game.’
“At that point I kind of knew, but when he said the whole game, I felt like he was trying to put the loss on me. When you guys lose by 40 points, there’s no way a distraction like that is going to throw a whole team off in the second half. So, when he said that, I was like, ‘Oh nothing, it was just my grandpa up there with me.’
Kuntz eventually told the truth about his boyfriend when the team returned to North Dakota, but the Coach decided Kuntz’ conduct crossed the line.According to Yahoo! Sports, Parsons gave Kuntz a letter outlining the reasons for his dismissal and cited the school’s player’s manual. In the letter, he wrote:
“Your actions on the evening of 9/1/2012, while representing NDSCS and the NDSCS football program, reflected poorly on the program. Your decisions and conduct on the night in question clearly fall into the ‘Conduct deemed detrimental to the team’ category. Your actions/conduct during the game was a distraction to your teammates who were looking to the press box as the game was being played. This decision was arrived at solely on the basis of your conduct during the football game and because you chose not to be truthful with me when I confronted you about whom else was in the box with you. Any conduct by any member of the program that would cause such a distraction during a game would warrant the same consequences.”
Jamie Kuntz believes he was kicked off the team because he’s gay, and perhaps he’s right, however, there are several things that bother me about this story. I don’t care about his sexual orientation, and I do believe his actions were inappropriate. He says it wasn’t a full make-out session and that it was more like a kiss. Even still, it’s inappropriate. In fact, it’s as inappropriate as it would be if Kuntz were an 18-year-old girl with a 65-year-old boyfriend.
The other things that bother me are his picture, which looks like he posing for some porn magazine and the fact that his boyfriend is 65. That’s nasty. Just saying….
It’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds. What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,