Gay Football Player Kicked Off College Team For Kissing Older Man?

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Jamie Kuntz says a kiss from his much-older boyfriend at his first game led the freshman linebacker to be released from his college football team.

North Dakota State College of Sciences in Wahpeton acknowledges Kuntz was disciplined by the team, but says it wasn't because he is homosexual.

Football coach Chuck Parsons denies kicking the gay football player off the team because he's gay, but says it was for lying to him about the kiss.

In any case, Kuntz, 18, and on a partial football scholarship, left the college in southeast North Dakota this month after his dismissal from the team.

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"Football didn't work out, so there was no reason to stay," said Kuntz.

Kuntz said that he and his 65-year-old boyfriend were in the press box at the game against Snow College in Pueblo, Colo., over Labor Day weekend.

Sidelined by a minor concussion, he was videotaping the game for the team. His Wildcats were down by 40+ points when "the kiss just happened."

The team would eventually lose 63-17.

"People around here aren't exposed to it," Kuntz said of the fact that he is a gay man. "People expect gays to be flamboyant, not football players."

A teammate apparently saw the kiss and told coaches, Kuntz said, and Parsons confronted him; Kuntz told him the man was his grandfather.

"I lied," Kuntz said, but later felt guilty and came clean.

In a September 3 dismissal letter, Parsons specifically noted the school manual's section on "lying to coaches, teachers or other school staff."

"This decision was arrived at solely on the basis of your conduct during the football game; and because you chose not to be truthful with me when I confronted you about whom else was in the box with you," his now-former head coach wrote.

"Any conduct by any member of the program that would cause such a distraction during a game would warrant the same consequences."

Kuntz doesn't believe he was dismissed for lying, though.

"I know if it was a girl in the press box, or even an older woman, nothing would have happened," he said. "If it was an older woman, I would have probably been congratulated for it from my teammates."

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All of this is such bullshit!!!!! I agree with Kellie...Jamie Kuntz DEFINITELY has a case/lawsuit!!!!! Here it is 2012 and football is S-T-I-L-L a homophobic and hypocritical sport!!!!! And that teammate that snitched on Jamie couldn't wait to snitch on Jamie. That teammate=HOMOPHOBIC SNITCH!!!!! And that Chuck Parsons coach/dude is nothing but a HOMOPHOBIC DIRTBALL!!!!! As far as I'm concerned, football coaches only care about their own salaries and winning championships. Jamie Kuntz...STAY STRONG...JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!!!!!!

Kellie m

How ridiculous. So would he have been kicked off if he had kissed a girl? No. They are nothing but homophobic jerks! I'd say he has a lawsuit. People have got to learn to be accepting, period! Enough of the BS! It doesn't matter if he lied, it is none of their business who he was with or who he kissed!!!

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i agree....it's because he's gay...and i'm guessing the team mate that saw them, wasn't a friend...even still....had he told the truth...they STILL would have kicked him off the team. alisa

Wv peach

There's almost a 50 year gap in their ages; what on earth could they have in common?

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Yeah i have to agree it probably isnt because he lied. If he would have said straight out it was his boyfriend, they would have found another reason why that wasnt allowed and still kicked him off. You cant tell me hes the only kid on the team who ever lied to his coach. "no coach i dont ever drink" or whatever.

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I feel really bad for this guy. It's the team's loss. Judgmental, closed minded people. It wasn't because he lied, it's because he's gay. So sad. It really bothers me that people treat other people differently just because of their sexual orientation. WHO CARES. Really, is it affecting you that much bc someone else is gay. Gimme a break..What are you afraid of? That he's gonna want you too? Get over yourselves. It's 2012, times have changed but some people are still stuck in their ways. Everyone is different. That's what makes the world interesting. If everyone was the same it would be so boring!