Bronson Harmon was deprived of his fellowship from the California Polytechnic State University after a video captured him yelling an anti-gay slur during a protest.
A star high school wrestler was stripped of his investigation of the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) after a video captured him yelling a homophobic slur during a protest in the last month.
Bronson Harmon, who recently graduated from Oakdale high School, was seen in a video walking with his father, Todd Harmon, and another man with signs supporting President Asset during the Families that Belong Together in Modesto, California, on 30 June, The Tribune reported.
The younger Harmon was caught putting his middle finger to a person to shoot and shout “F – – f—–.” The video also showed Todd Harmon say, “Send their a—es back!”
Abdul Lasaing, which, together with the men during the protest, told the Tribune he was afraid Todd Harmon was looking for a fight, because he was wearing gloves.
“They frightened families with small children, and I think that is very wrong,” Lasaing said. “And all the racist and homophobic insults were very disrespectful.”
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Lasaing said he was not sure why Harmon screamed at him.
“I haven’t even said anything to these guys. I was just walking,” Lasaing said. “I’m not sure if I was respected for my skin color and my World sign of the Peace. I was shocked.”
Cal Poly’s Athletic Director Don Oberhelman told the Modesto bee that the school “was aware of the video for the athletic department decided to terminate Harmon scholarship.”
“Harmon is not a member of Cal Poly’s wrestling team, but we can’t comment on all the details about his status as a student, because of federal and state privacy laws, the school told USA Today in a statement.
Harmon, who had a 35-7 wrestling record in his last year of high school, told the Tribune he regrets his comments.
“I’m not going to regret it,” Harmon said. “I got caught up in the heat of the moment. I was there to protest the things that we believe in, and the people were harassing us, spitting on us and calling us Nazis.”
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Harmon claimed that he and his friend reportedly became involved in a physical altercation at the exit of the march. He said that he saw a man with a screwdriver behind the band of his dad’s car.
The man, who filed a complaint with the Modesto Police Department, claimed he was picking up a screwdriver to the left. The man claimed Bronson and his friend allegedly pushed him. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made in connection with the complaint.
Harmon said that he was planning to attend Cal Poly in the fall and hope to be a mixed martial arts fighter.
“I’m adopted, and she said I’m still welcome,” Harmon told the Tribune. “It’s just that they can’t be all the publicity athletics, so I can’t be involved with athletics.”
Lasaing said he did not expect Harmon to lose his scholarship.
“I never thought that my video would get this far for him to lose his scholarship. I didn’t know about his research or even know who he was, until recently, as people begin to notice him. I believe that he needs help with his racism and homo-hatred. I am sure he is a good person is raised with hate,” he told the newspaper USA Today.
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.