Hazing, Booze & Nudity: Kentucky Fires Entire Cheerleading Staff After Scandal Probe

May 19, 2020

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The University of Kentucky has fired its entire cheerleading staff after a three-month investigation found a lack of oversight, ESPN reports. Head coach Jomo Thompson, assistants Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix, and adviser T. Lynn Williamson were let go, amid charges they allowed a culture of hazing, public nudity and alcohol use to persist. Kentucky's cheer program is the oldest and most famous in all of collegiate sports, and they've won 24 national titles in 35 years, the bulk of which were earned with Thompson as coach. "The adviser and the coaches failed to stop a culture of hazing, alcohol use and public nudity at off-campus activities where they were present," said school spokesman Eric N. Monday. "Our students deserve more responsible leadership and the University of Kentucky demands it." Incidents included a team retreat to a Kentucky lake, where members drunkenly tossed one another from a dock while not fully clothed, as well as a hazing incident in Tennessee, where semi-nude team members were urged to make lewd chants.