Over the last week, the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Department has faced outcry from 5C athletics teams and community members over lack of decisive action against a Pomona-Pitzer football player whose discriminatory TikToks were circulated on social media last weekend. But just this morning, in what some are calling a “landmark win for accountability,” Pomona-Pitzer Athletics released a statement detailing the discipline they will hand down:
As we said in our initial email, we know many of our community members were harmed by the appalling content of those posts, you know, the ones. We do not condone transphobic, anti-Black, misogynistic, or harmful behavior and stand in support of all impacted community members. We know many of you have called for action, and you’re right: in order for Pomona-Pitzer Athletics to be a truly inclusive and welcoming environment, we must hold ourselves and each other accountable for our actions. In light of this, we have decided to announce that we are leveraging official sanctions against the Pomona-Pitzer athlete involved in these events: no TV for two weeks.
We have thought long and hard about this decision, and we do not take it lightly. We know this may seem extreme to some, especially this close to the Final Four, but we must take a stand for what is right. Let this be a reminder to the Pomona-Pitzer athletic community: we aren’t afraid to put our foot down. Two weeks can easily turn into four, and if necessary, we will revoke Xbox privileges as well. That’s how serious we are.
As always, we encourage students to provide us with positive feedback on our decisions, and to reach out to Monsour Counseling Center for support within 2-8 business weeks.