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Athlete: Coach made me drink blood

September 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A former track athlete at Central Connecticut State University has sued the school, saying a coach forced him to drink blood as a kind of "tribal ritual." The lawsuit filed this week by Kenyan Charles Ngetich claims that in 2005, track coach George Kawecki told Ngetich he'd seen a documentary in which a Kenyan group drank blood, and he wanted Ngetich to drink it.

Ngetich refused, but claims Kawecki later gave him a cup of blood and demanded he drink it, which Ngetich did.

Ngetich claims the incident was the start of mocking from his coach and teammates about his heritage. He claims resulting depression affected his performance, and he lost his scholarship. He's seeking damages of at least $15,000.

University spokesman Mark Warren McLaughlin declined to comment.

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