Last year, the Arizona State University club lacrosse team had its season suspended by the university as a result of a hazing incident. At the time, it was unclear what exactly had happened because players on the team clammed up. However, a new lawsuit may shed a little light on the situation.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court by ASU lacrosse player Greyson Pendry, upperclassmen on the team forced rookies to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, wear adult diapers, and wrote degrading remarks on their bodies.
Pendry says that he and other first-year members of the team were
forced to attend the team's "rookie night," where he and the other
rookies were bound together with duct tape, and had offensive things
like "bitch tits" written on them. The freshman, according to Pendry,
were also forced to drink something he described as tasting like liquor
and hot sauce.
As well as being forced to drink the hot-sauce/liquor concoction, Pendry says the younger players were forced to strip down to their underwear, put on adult diapers, and drink a five-gallon jug filled with beer, as well as a 30-pack.
After drinking the beer and the hot sauce-laced liquor, Pendry says the rookies were then forced to participate in a drinking relay, in which they raced to see who could finish a bottle of liquor the fastest.
After the "party," Pendry started puking and had trouble breathing. He was taken to a hospital, where he was told he had alcohol poisoning (go figure) and, subsequently, criminally charged with underage drinking.
After the incident, Pendry says he was forced to leave ASU because the university had begun to investigate the team and players were threatening him to keep him from talking. He probably should have known better -- everyone knows the first rule of lacrosse club.
Pendry claims the team's coach, Chris Malone, knew about drinking at the party but did nothing about it other than telling "the team to take care of their bodies."
We sent Malone an e-mail to see how much he knew about the incident, but he apparently knows the second rule of lacrosse club -- and won't talk about lacrosse club! We'll let you know if he gets back to us.
Pendry is suing the State of Arizona, the Arizona State Board of Regents, and two lacrosse club members.
Pendry is seeking damages for negligence, battery, assault, and aiding and abetting.