WACO, TX — Baylor University announced Friday that 14 baseball players will be suspended due to a hazing incident.
Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades announced 14 members will be suspended for parts of the upcoming season after a hazing incident that happened in February 2019.
Given the number of student-athletes involved, the suspensions will be staggered over the course of three weeks beginning with the season opener on Friday, February 14. Each upperclassman will be suspended two games apiece.
“The University takes such matters very seriously. Our priority is to provide a safe and caring environment for all student-athletes,” said Rhoades. “This type of behavior is not reflective of the mission and vision of Baylor Athletics.”
Senior athletic administration became aware of the alleged hazing in May 2019, immediately reported it to the appropriate divisions.
A full investigation was conducted by the Division of Student Life and The Office of General Counsel.
Rhoades says neither alcohol nor drugs were involved.
“I am very disappointed with this incident,” said Head Baseball Coach, Steve Rodriguez. “We do not condone such behavior and respect the thorough investigation and decision by the university on the matter and will move forward.”