LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A member of UCLA’s cross country and track and field teams has been fired for a video that surfaced showing him using racist and homophobic language

When the video first surfaced a few months ago, it was initially suspended, according to UCLA Athletics Director Avery Anderson

FILE – An undated photo of UCLA track and field team member Chris Weiland (Photo credit: UCLA 2019)

“When I first found out about this a few months ago I was disgusted and immediately suspended him from the team indefinitely,” Anderson said in a statement. “Even in my disgust as a coach, I always intend to make the changes that I want to see, guide, educate and implement in the world I can talk about changing the world or I can put the work into it and I’ve been doing that with this person for the past few months

“In January, I decided to bring him back to the team, however, after team members and the sports community expressed their concern, it became clear that his continued commitment to the team was inconsistent with a culture of mutual support and respect I know that the decision to reinstate him was not the right one and that today’s action is best for the good of our team ”

According to the Los Angeles Times, a 4½ minute cell phone video posted to the ucla_is_racist Instagram account is of Weiland in a car with homophobic bows

The account also posted text messages, allegedly from Weiland, in which it used racial slurs, the Times reports

The video was shot before Weiland enrolled at UCLA in the fall of 2019, the Times said

Weiland is from Rancho Cucamonga. He spent one season in Cal State San Marcos and two more in Mt San Antonio College before moving to UCLA in 2019

Chris Weiland

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Source: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/02/23/ucla-runner-chris-weiland-dismissed-from-team-over-racial-homophobic-slurs/