Columbia suspends wrestling team over lewd, racist texts: NYT

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New York's Columbia University has suspended its men's wrestling team as it investigates "racist, misogynistic and homophobic" text messages between team members, the New York Times reported on Monday.

The school's athletic department "has decided that Columbia wrestlers will not compete until we have a full understanding of the facts on which to base the official response to this disturbing matter," Columbia told the New York Times.

More than 900 people had signed an online petition by early on Tuesday calling for wrestling team members to be expelled and protests were held at the weekend outside the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, where wrestlers are members, the NYT said.

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