UCLA’s Chris Weiland has been fired from the school’s cross-country and track teams after apparently using the N-word and homophobic and sexist insults in a video and text message.
Weiland had previously been banned from the team over the text message and video, coach Avery Anderson confirmed Tuesday, but he was reinstated before the evidence surfaced publicly on social media.
Now, however, Weiland is permanently banned from the team after the footage went viral on Monday, showing the N-word while complaining that an ex-girlfriend was cheating on him with an African American. According to the Los Angeles Timesthe incidents occurred before Weiland enrolled at UCLA in the fall of 2019.
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UCLA’s Chris Weiland (pictured) has been fired from the school’s cross country and track teams after using apparently racist, homophobic and sexist insults in a video and text
An Instagram account with the handle ‘@ucla_is_racist’ made several posts in which someone, supposedly Weiland, made racist comments on video and in a text message. That same account claimed in a caption that ‘this racist behavior was brought to the coaches and the athletic director months ago,’ but noted that ‘Chris Weiland is still on the team’
“When I first heard this a few months ago, I was disgusted and immediately suspended him from the team indefinitely,” Anderson said in the statement. Even in my dislike, as a coach, my intentions are always to lead and teach and make the change happen that I want to see in this world.
“It became clear that his continued involvement with the team is incompatible with the culture of mutual support and respect that we foster,” continued Anderson, who is African American. “I now realize that the decision to relocate him was not the right one, and today’s action is best for the good of our team.”
On Monday, an Instagram account with the handle ‘@ucla_is_racist’ made several posts showing someone who was supposedly Weiland making racist comments about a video of him sitting in a dark car, and texting.
Weiland had previously been banned from the team because of the text message and video. He was later reinstated by coach Avery Anderson (pictured), who has since admitted the decision was a mistake.
That same account claimed in a caption that “this racist behavior was brought to the coaches and the athletic director months ago,” but noted that “Chris Weiland is still on the team.”
In the video, which the LA Times verified, Weiland appears to be complaining about a friend leaving him for someone else: “ Why do you think she said she didn’t want to get back together? It’s because with this f *** ing she wants to be f ***** who has no future. She will be with a dumb n ***** who has been in high school all his life.
“He probably lives in the goddamn ghetto.”
At the end of the dark, pixelated video, Weiland can be seen wearing a UCLA sweatshirt.
A text message was also posted by @ucla_is_racist in which Weiland apparently accused the woman of sleeping with the unidentified man.
‘You really have a F *** ING BUM A ** N ***** captivated with NOTHING THAT GOES FOR HIM,’ read the text message. ‘A BROKE A ** STUPID A ** N *****.’
In another caption, Weiland is accused of repeatedly using this kind of language and not being held responsible by the school.
“ After this racist behavior was conveyed to the coaches and athletic director months ago, Chris Weiland is still on the team wearing and representing a BLM patch, ” wrote @ucla_is_racist Monday, before his resignation.
He last ran at an event on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona.
In response to the dismissal, UCLA’s Black Student-Athlete Alliance condemned the school for not banning Weiland earlier.
As a university defending itself through the accomplishments of its black athletes breaking down barriers to social justice, we find it very disturbing to learn that UCLA was aware of an incident of blatant racism, homophobia and sexism and very minimal actions has undertaken, ‘read the statement.
We at BSAA refuse to accept that athlete’s actions, as well as the lack of action to address the issue by coaches, staff and administration.
UCLA’s Black Student-Athlete Alliance criticized the school for not firing Weiland earlier