Canadian curling team captain Ryan Fry lead his teammates to victory at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but Fry and his friends have built up something of an infamous reputation for themselves over the years. As CBC Sports reports, Fry alongside teammates Jamie Koe, DJ Kidby, and Chris Schille, forfeited their final match at the Red Deer Classic after complaints came in calling them "extremely drunk" and unruly.
"They went out to curl and they were extremely drunk and breaking brooms and swearing and just unacceptable behavior that nobody wants to watch or hear or listen to and it was just 'enough was enough,'" facility manager Wade Thurber explained. "There was some damage in the locker room and other teams complaining about their stuff being kicked around in the locker room. So at the end of the day, it was like 'OK, that's enough of this gong show.' The committee for the bonspiel collectively decided that we needed to remove them from the spiel for this year and what happens down the road, I'm not sure yet."
A sign was put up on the main board in the arena to announce the news, banning them from all future events at the club. "We did that because we had so many complaints from other players and teams, not to mention the spectators, and so we wanted them to know that we did something about it," added Thurber. "We had people taking pictures of the sign and also lots of people telling us we did the right thing. When you have people complaining like that, there is a need to do something, right?"
Jamie Koe posted his response to the situation on Twitter, apologizing for his actions as well as the actions of his teammates.
In statement shared with CBC Sports, Ryan Fry said, "I would like to sincerely apologize to the fans, participants and organizers of the Red Deer Curling Classic. I came to the event to play and enjoy the sport. My actions were truly disrespectful and embarrassing—the committee was right to disqualify us from play."