An 18-year old linebacker, Jamie Kuntz, is claiming that he was cut from his team because of his sexuality.
The freshman was a gay college football player for North Dakota State College of Sciences, but is no longer on the team. Kuntz was kicked off the squad after a teammate saw him kiss his 65-year old boyfriend.
Kuntz kissed his boyfriend in the press box of North Dakota State's game on Labor Day weekend. He was filming the contest, while recovering from a concussion.
When confronted about the incident, he told Wildcats coach Chuck Parsons that the man he kissed was his grandfather.
After Kuntz eventually came clean, Parsons told him that he couldn't play because he lied about the kiss. In the official dismissal letter, Parsons said Kuntz was gone because of "conduct deemed detrimental to the team" and ''lying to coaches, teachers or other school staff.''
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The linebacker, however, doesn't think he's no longer on the team because he wasn't truthful.
''I know if it was a girl in the press box, or even an older woman, nothing would have happened,'' Kuntz said. ''If it was an older woman, I would have probably been congratulated for it from my teammates.''
According to Kuntz, no one on the team knew that he was gay before the kiss. Only his closest friends were aware of his sexuality, and he didn't even tell his mother until the incident. He was booted from the team as soon as his coaches found out.
School officials claim they are investigating the matter, though they don't expect to find any wrongdoing on the part of Parsons.
''I'm very confident that with the information that's been provided to me by our football coach, Chuck Parsons, by our athletic director, Stu Engen, that the thought process, the facts that were reviewed, have led them to an appropriate and the right decision in this case,'' stated school president John Richman.
Shortly after he was told he could no longer play football, Kuntz left the school. He had a partial scholarship with the Wildcats, and may look to walk-on at another school.