UCLA runner Chris Weiland has been dismissed from the track and field and cross-country groups after a video recording and textual content message exchange displaying him utilizing racist, homophobic and sexist language surfaced on social media, sparking widespread outrage.
The 4½-minute video, posted on an Instagram account known as “ucla_is_racist” and shot inside a darkened car, seems to indicate Weiland speaking about his girlfriend dishonest on him with one other man earlier than he asks her to depart. Weiland, who’s white, goes on to make use of a racial slur in a cellphone call that may be heard within the video, verified as Weiland by multiple people near the program.
“When she says she doesn’t, you know, want to get back together, why do you think?” Weiland asks a lady within the call. “It’s because she wants to be with this f— f— who has no future. She’s going to be with a stupid n— who’s going to be in community college all his life.”
The lady talking with Weiland tells him to not discuss like that. He responds: “I don’t give a f—.”
Weiland, who’s listed as a senior on UCLA’s 2021 track and field roster, spent two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College and one other at Cal State San Marcos earlier than transferring to UCLA.
He could be heard crying as the lady talking with him tells him to maneuver ahead. Requested where the man concerned along with his girlfriend lived, Weiland says, “I don’t know, probably the …. ghetto.”
Towards the end of the video, as Weiland could be seen carrying a UCLA sweatshirt, the lady admonishes him for his personal habits after he has additionally acknowledged dishonest.
“You’re just trying to justify her being a little s—,” Weiland says. “That’s all she is and that’s all she ever has been.”
Weiland was additionally alleged to have made offensive remarks in a textual content message exchange.
The Instagram account additionally posted a picture of Weiland in his UCLA uniform, noting within the caption that he remained on the team carrying a Black Lives Matter patch “after this racist behavior was brought to coaches and the athletic director months ago. … We will not remain silent. We must be anti-racist in a racist society.”
The alleged incidents occurred previous to Weiland enrolling at UCLA within the fall of 2019, in line with a person near the situation.
Makes an attempt to achieve Weiland for comment weren’t instantly successful.
UCLA track coach Avery Anderson said in a statement released by the school that he suspended Weiland indefinitely from the team upon studying of his remarks earlier than permitting him to return earlier this 12 months.
“Even in my disgust, as a coach, my intentions are always to lead and educate and make the change happen that I want to see in this world,” Anderson said. “I can talk about changing the world, or I can put in the work to do so. And that is what I have done over the last few months with this individual.
“In January, I decided to reinstate him to the team. However, after team members and the athletic community expressed concern, it became clear that his continued involvement with the team is incompatible with the culture of mutual support and respect we’re fostering. I now realize that the decision to reinstate him was not the right decision, and that the action today is best for the well-being of our team.”
Earlier within the day, UCLA’s Black Student-Athlete Alliance released a statement condemning Weiland’s language whereas chastising the school for not taking faster action to take away him from the team.
“As a university that champions itself on the accomplishments of its Black athletes that have broken the barriers of social justice, we find it deeply disturbing to learn that UCLA knew about an incident of blatant racism, homophobia and sexism and did very minimal actions about it.
“The racist actions that took place by a member of the cross country team are unacceptable and disrespectful, and we at BSAA refuse to accept the actions of that athlete, as well as the lack of action to address the issues by the coaches, staff and administration. We do not feel safe with this person on campus, and we demand UCLA athletics take action immediately and remove this student from the team.”
Former UCLA women’s soccer defender Kaiya McCullough, who was among the many players on the team who would take a knee earlier than video games in help of social justice points, lashed out at a duplicate of the video posted on Twitter.
“As a Black student-athlete alumni that has stood diligently against racism and bigotry in all forms, I am APPALLED that this behavior is not only being excused, but covered up by your departments. To allow Chris Weiland to continue to participate in competition and maintain his enrollment at @UCLA is a stark contrast to the values that UCLA and your department claim to uphold. Allowing this behavior to go unpunished is a clear message to your Black students and student-athletes about your stance on racism and hate. I am disgusted by the inaction exhibited by the administration, and the continued trauma you are putting your Black students and student-athletes through. DO BETTER. This is precisely why I kneeled for 3 years ON CAMPUS.”
In 2020, throughout his debut season for the Bruins, Weiland ran in three meets, ending as high as twelfth within the mile on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships with a personal-best time of 4:08.35.