An incoming student-athlete at North Dakota State University had his scholarship revoked as a result of a series of offensive videos posted to the social media app TikTok.
According to Inforum News, Noah Cvetnic, a track and field transfer from the University of Minnesota, will no longer be a part of the Bison program. Cvetnic announced his intent to transfer after the University of Minnesota announced its plans to eliminate its indoor track and field program.
The student newspaper The Spectrum first reported the story of the scholarship revocation. According to The Spectrum, Cvetnic posted videos to TikTok containing references to sexual assault and mocking drug addiction, as well as vidoes containing racist and transphobic content.
NDSU head coach Stevie Keller told Inforum that while social media is not something they monitor during recruitment, it can play a role.
“I think it’s something when you’re recruiting kids, that’s one of the first things we do is look at their social media accounts to find out if they would be a good fit for our program,” he said. “But it isn’t something we continually monitor.”
Keller went on to say that he advises student-athletes to be cautious about what they post online.
“It’s something we tell our kids, make sure you’re smart on what you put out there, you never know down the road what's going to prevent you from getting a job someday.”