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USOC STILL LOOKING INTO ROOM-TRASHING INCIDENT -- WHAT NEXT?
Published March 11, 1998
The USOC "is not ready to announce specific punishment for the room-trashing episode" involving U.S. hockey players in Nagano, but Joe Lapointe of the N.Y. TIMES writes that the USOC "appears to be moving away from threats, hoping for a settlement in the form of a group apology and a significant payment by team members." The USOC had "threatened possible sanctions" against the entire team for the incident, possibly banning all players from future international competitions. Lapointe: "The new strategy seems to be based, at least in part, on a feeling that the USOC may be on uncertain legal ground trying to punish the hockey team as a whole" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/11). In N.Y., Ira Berkow writes under the header "Hockey Team's Stonewalling Is Childlike Behavior." Berkow, in response to Brian Leetch who recently said the threat of a team penalty sounded like "elementary school": "If they act like children, it is only proper that they be treated like children" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/11). USOC President Bill Hybl and USOC Exec Dir Dick Schultz will hold a news conference today (USA TODAY, 3/11).