Olympic champ's curling team ejected for being 'extremely drunk'

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A curling team was ejected for their unsportsmanlike conduct while drunk. (Reuters)
A curling team was ejected for their unsportsmanlike conduct while drunk. (Reuters)

A Canadian curling team that includes an Olympic gold medalist was ejected from a curling event in Alberta on Sunday for being “extremely drunk,” breaking brooms and swearing.

Ryan Fry, Jamie Koe, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby were kicked out of the Red Deer Curling Classic, according to the CBC, and forfeited their final match. The event is part of the World Curling Tour.

Fry, 40, won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Koe, 41, is the brother of Kevin Koe, skip of the fourth-place Canadian team in the PyeongChang Olympics.

Complaints lead to ejection

Opponents and spectators complained to the tournament committee about the team, leading to the ejection, according to the CBC. The committee placed a sign on the main board announcing the removal, which also applies to future events at Red Deer Curling Centre.

“They went out to curl and they were extremely drunk and breaking brooms and swearing and just unacceptable behavior that nobody wants to watch or hear or listen to and it was just ‘enough was enough,'” facility manager Wade Thurber told CBC Sports.

“There was some damage in the locker room and other teams complaining about their stuff being kicked around in the locker room. So at the end of the day, it was like ‘OK, that’s enough of this gong show.’ The committee for the bonspiel (curling event) collectively decided that we needed to remove them from the spiel for this year and what happens down the road, I’m not sure yet.”

Gold medalist Fry apologizes

Fry apologized via a statement to CBC Sports, calling his actions “truly disrespectful and embarrassing” and adding the committee was right to eject the team.

“I allowed myself to lose control and I offended people with my actions,” Fry said.

Fry won gold with Brad Jacobs’ team that also consists of E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden and alternate Caleb Flaxey. Fry won a national title and world championship in 2013.

He said in his statement he was taking steps to make sure it didn’t happen again and will look to contribute positively to curling in the future.

Canada, curling and alcohol

Curling is a sociable sport that emphasizes etiquette, though it has gone through an attitude change in recent years at the highest levels.

The sport etiquette demands the winner buys the loser a drink after a game, a move that sounds very Canadian. And if you lost the game, you offer to buy the next one.

Nowhere, though, in these unwritten rules does it allow for full fledged drunken rancor on the ice. At least not in a sanctioned event on the world tour.

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