Curling: Canadian curlers booted from event for being drunk

FILE PHOTO - Canada's vice Ryan Fry shouts instructions during their men's curling gold medal game against Britain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

(Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Ryan Fry and his Canadian team mates were kicked out of a World Curling Tour event in Alberta at the weekend for being “extremely drunk”, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report on Monday.

Fry, who won gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and his team were removed on Sunday by a committee after complaints they were breaking brooms and swearing as they went out for their match, the report said.

“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,” Fry said in a statement cited in the CBC report.

“I allowed myself to lose control and I offended people with my actions. I wish nothing more than to apologize to everyone individually.”

A facility manager quoted in the CBC report also said there was damage in the locker room and that other teams had complained about their belongings being kicked around.

The World Curling Tour said the Canadian team of Fry, Jamie Koe, Chris Schille, and DJ Kidby were ejected from the event for “unsportsmanlike behavior” but did not elaborate on what led to its decision.

The actions by the Canadian squad are highly unusual in a social sport where the rule of etiquette dictates that winners buy the losers a drink before the losers repay the favor for the second round.

Fry won gold at the 2014 Olympics as a member of Team Canada along with Brad Jacobs, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden and alternate Caleb Flaxey.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Nick Mulvenney