Harlem Shake Video Reportedly Gets 11 D-III Football Players Kicked Off Team

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 15, 2013

The "Harlem Shake" isn't good for anybody—and now it has dealt a horrible blow to some D-III football players.

Yahoo! Sports has reported that the latest viral craze is the reason why nearly a dozen football players at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania were excused from the team, kicked off after their "Harlem Shake" video hit the Internet.

For those who like to keep an arm's distance from the Internet, the "Harlem Shake" is a fad that features one person dancing while people in the background act normal.

But when the drop hits, it's anarchy.

I would love to show you examples of the "Harlem Shake," but there are too many. In fact, the fad is so immense that there is now a "Harlem Shake" Roulette site that picks a video at random.

Apparently, one thing we love more than sports is music fads that mandate you bust out the camera and showcase your skills to the world. (Giggling to yourself at how great it will turn out is entirely optional.)

The players' crime is posted below.

The men were dismissed—likely not for their bad taste in fads, of course, but for the sex acts they simulate in the latter half of the short video.

I'm not sure that this video is a reason to dismiss some young men from a college football team. It may have been distasteful but hardly harmful.

The report did manage to salvage this tweet from tight end Logan Skillman before it was deleted.

I second what Graham Watson stated for Yahoo! Sports: "Sure there are some vulgarities in this particular video, and these players are supposed to be representing the university, but kicking them off the team is a bit much."

I agree that this wasn't the wisest of decisions and would have hoped that one of the more mature players would have said, "Hey, wait. I wonder if Coach will mind when this hits the Internet."

Still, the video isn't all that shocking. It may be 2013, but kids aren't suddenly mature, and adults haven't suddenly stopped overreacting.

Take a gander at the video and ask yourself if you are really appalled.

Sure, the video is bad, and it may have warranted an apology and some sort of reprimand, but I don't think this is the kind of thing that should end your college football career.


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