Curling Team Kicked Out Of Tournament For Being 'Extremely Drunk'

Curling Team Kicked Out Of Tournament For Being 'Extremely Drunk'
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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A curling team was thrown out of a World Curling Tour event in Canada for being what one of the organisers called "extremely drunk".

The team, along with Jamie Koe, Chris Schille, and DJ Kidby, also featured Ryan Fry, who won an Olympic gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Fry was part of the team which defeated Great Britain in the final.

"They went out to curl and they were extremely drunk and breaking brooms and swearing and just unacceptable behaviour that nobody wants to watch or hear or listen to and it was just 'enough was enough,' Wade Thurber, who manages the Red Deer Curling Centre where the event was taking place, 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.' The committee for the bonspiel (curling tournament) collectively decided that we needed to remove them from the spiel for this year and what happens down the road, I'm not sure yet.

The team was ejected from the tournament after complaints were received from both spectators and other competitors.

Fry apologised from his behaviour in a statement.


"I would like to sincerely apologize to the fans, participants and organizers of the Red Deer Curling Classic.

"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.

"I allowed myself to lose control and I offended people with my actions. I wish nothing more than to apologize to everyone individually.


"I will be taking proper steps to ensure this problem can never happen again and I will strive to become a better version of myself while contributing positively to the sport and curling community that I love so much."

Though Jamie Koe did not take part in the final game, he shouldered of the responsibility and issued an apology via Twitter.

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