“I totally regret it. I got caught up in the heat of the moment."
A promising freshman athlete at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo lost his wrestling scholarship after he was captured on camera yelling a homophobic slur at a counter-rally against people protesting immigration tactics that separated children from their parents.
Holding a Trump sign, Bronson Harmon extends his middle finger and shouts “F*ck you, fa**ot,” to cameraman Abdul Lasaing who filmed the indecent in Modesto on June 30.
The student attended the counter-protest called Families Belong Together March with his father.
“I totally regret it,” Bronson Harmon said of the slur, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune. “I got caught up in the heat of the moment. I was there to peacefully protest the things that we believe, and people were harassing us, spitting on us and calling us Nazis.”
There was no comment from Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman about the scholarship revocation, but according to Outsports the school did watch the video prior to the decision.
“Saying what I said is definitely not the right thing," Harmon added in The Tribune. "I am supposed to be there to help the community be the best person I can be and represent the college the best way I can. But I still feel like my freedom of speech was taken away, and I don’t think my scholarship should have been revoked over something like that.”
But Outsports points out that the university can revoke scholarships for "actions that could cause embarrassment to the school at the discretion of the athletic director."
He will still attend Cal Poly, but Harmon says he will now pursue martial arts.