Lawmaker cites satirical website to nix hazing bill

A lawmaker misquoted an article on the satirical website The Onion in supporting efforts to deep-six a bill targeting hazing among college sororities and fraternities.

“I’m reading right here on The Onion a report about Kentucky seniors who hazed freshman basketball players,” said Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough).

Van Huss appears to have been referring to a 2016 article on the satire website titled: “New Report Reveals Kentucky Seniors Forced To Endure Brutal Hazing From Freshman Players.”

The House Criminal Justice Committee video shows Van Huss reading from his iPad, and then sliding it away as he speaks about his support for sending the bill to a summer study committee after the session ends. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville).

The satirical article purports to quote an NCAA investigator saying that the freshmen players had been forcing the upperclassmen to carry gym bags, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, and sit in a locked closet for hours on end.

“This was apparently seen as a way to make the seniors understand their place on the team, but regardless of the reasoning, it is absolutely unacceptable,” The Onion wrote.

The article concludes by saying that the players were suspended pending an investigation and that Kentucky coach John Calipari was left with “no choice but to field a starting lineup with no freshmen in the NCAA Tournament.”

 

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