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Gay football player says kiss got him booted
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP)--A concussion kept Jamie Kuntz from suiting up for his first college football game. A kiss from his much-older boyfriend at that game got the freshman linebacker kicked off the team, he said.
North Dakota State College of Sciences in Wahpeton acknowledges Kuntz was disciplined by the team, but says it wasn't because he is gay. Football coach Chuck Parsons told Kuntz in a letter that he was removed from the team for lying about the kiss.
Kuntz, 18 and on a partial football scholarship, left the college in southeastern North Dakota this month after his dismissal from the team.
"Football didn't work out, so there was no reason to stay," said Kuntz, who lives with his mother across the state in Dickinson.
Kuntz said 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. Kuntz was videotaping the game for the team. His Wildcats were down by more than 40 points when "the kiss just happened," he said.