Klay Thompson trashes UCLA for not dismissing runner sooner over racist, sexist comments
Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson went after the UCLA track and field program for just now dismissing Bruins runner Chris Weiland after Weiland was found using racist and sexist language.
Thompson called UCLA’s inaction”disgusting,” also calling Weiland “cowardly.”
As a fellow pac 10 athlete, to see this story and see the inaction UCLA took for months is disgusting. To hide behind a phone and say the things this piece of 💩 said is so cowardly. Also I didn’t know XC athletes were so hard . Keep that same energy lil guy 🤡 https://t.co/dzoUejSKYG
Weiland was dismissed from the team Monday evening, only after text and video conversations were released online.
UCLA track and field and cross country head coach Avery Anderson said (in a statement) he suspended Weiland months ago. Anderson did not state why Weiland was suspended in the first place. However, Anderson also revealed he had reinstated Weiland in January:
“In January, I decided to reinstate [Weiland] to the team,” Anderson said, via statement. “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.”
The Los Angeles Times spoke to multiple members of the program, all of whom confirmed Weiland was the man speaking in a video posted to an Instagram account. The alleged incidents reportedly happened before Weiland enrolled in the fall of 2019.
UCLA’s Black Student-Athlete Alliance criticized the university for failing to step in and take further action prior to his eventual dismissal. Thompson feels similarly.
The Times reached out to Weiland for comment, but those attempts were reportedly unsuccessful.