Curling Team Banned From Tournament For Getting Too Drunk

Ryan Fry of Canada in action during the round robin match against Switzerland during day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

A Canadian curling team, which included 2014 Olympic Gold medalist Ryan Fry, was kicked out of the Red Deer Curling Classic and forced to forfeit their final match because they had a few too many drinks during the competition. 

The tournament decided to disqualify Fry, along with teammates Jamie Koe, Chris Schille, and DJ Kidby, after the officials received numerous complaints about the team's behavior from fans and other players. 

"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'."

In addition to getting kicked out of this year's event, the team has also been banned from future events.


Following the embarrassing display, Fry offered an apology for his actions and offered to pay for the damage that his team caused. 

"I would like to sincerely apologize to the fans, participants, and organizers of the Red Deer Curling Classic," Fry said. "I came to the event to play and enjoy the sport. My actions were truly disrespectful and embarrassing — the committee was right to disqualify us from play."

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