Curler Fry tak­ing break after drunken in­ci­dent

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - PAUL FRIESEN [email protected]­

Olympic gold medal­list Ryan Fry is tak­ing an in­def­i­nite leave from curl­ing fol­low­ing a drunken and dis­rup­tive ap­pear­ance at a bon­spiel in Red Deer last week­end.

The 40-year-old Fry, orig­i­nally from Win­nipeg but now liv­ing in Cal­gary, is­sued a state­ment via Twit­ter on Wed­nes­day, say­ing he’s de­ter­mined to make amends for the in­ci­dent that got his team tossed from the event.

“It has made me take a hard look in the mir­ror to un­der­stand what fu­elled my un­pro­fes­sional ac­tions,” Fry wrote. “I am com­mit­ted to tak­ing ev­ery step pos­si­ble to en­sure that this never hap­pens again, and to make amends to those who have been neg­a­tively af­fected.

“As hard as this is, I need to fo­cus my full en­ergy on my growth and self-im­prove­ment as this goes be­yond last week­end’s events.”

Fry, the reg­u­lar third for Brad Ja­cobs, who won gold at the 2014 Win­ter Games in Sochi, was sub­bing for a team that showed up drunk for a Satur­day af­ter­noon game at the World Curl­ing Tour’s Red Deer Clas­sic.

Fry’s boor­ish be­hav­iour in­cluded swear­ing and break­ing brooms and caus­ing dam­age to equip­ment in the locker-room.

His skip for the event, Jamie Koe, the brother of 2018 Olympian Kevin Koe, was so in­tox­i­cated he couldn’t even play.

The World Curl­ing Tour brass looked into the in­ci­dent and on Wed­nes­day fined Fry $1,000, which will be do­nated to the ju­nior curl­ing pro­gram in Red Deer.

Gerry Geurts, head of oper­a­tions for the tour, says the in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined Fry’s team­mates, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby, tried to keep the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.

Ryan Fry

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