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The Lindsborg, Kansas police department is currently investigating a complaint filed by the Kansas Wesleyan baseball team that Bethany College tampered with their water cooler by adding a foreign substance. A spokesperson confirmed the ongoing investigation to OutKick Tuesday morning.
Both NAIA schools are a part of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, which is also investigating the alleged incident. OutKick obtained the offense report Tuesday afternoon and it can be read here.
The Lindsborg Police Department offense report obtained by OutKick lists three offenses to have occurred — between 4 p.m. on April 23 and 12:45 p.m. on April 24 — at Bethany College’s baseball field.
The offenses include “criminal threat; contaminate food/water sources”, “battery; knowingly/recklessly causing bodily harm”, and “criminal damage to property; without consent < $1000.”
The offense report, which has many parts redacted, lists what appears to be eight victims — including Bethany College.
When contacted by OutKick, the police spokesperson said that both schools are currently cooperating with the investigation into the alleged tampering.
Kansas Wesleyan athletic director Steve Wilson released this statement to OutKick:
“Kansas Wesleyan is aware of the primary tweet — made by an account not affiliated with the university — regarding this situation. We take this extremely seriously. Therefore, we immediately began a thorough, in-depth review, with the priority of putting the health and safety of our student-athletes first. This review is ongoing and is a high priority.
“Should it become necessary or appropriate, Kansas Wesleyan will release further information regarding this review,” Wilson added. “However, at this time, the university has no further comment.
The team has accused Bethany College of adding paint thinner to its water cooler before a scheduled doubleheader this past weekend. The complaint was first brought up by a KWU Barstool account on Sunday night.
Kansas Wesleyan athletic director Steve Wilson told the Associated Press the team had allegedly found a substance in the water during the game. It should be noted that the home team typically takes care of filling the water coolers for the away team in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Bethany College assistant AD Dan O’Dowd said ‘It’s all under investigation, we have no comment’, when asked for comment.
This one is pretty wild. A team alleging that they were poisoned by their opponents before a game is pretty high on the list of things you wouldn’t think could happen in college baseball. But, add this to the list now.
We will see where this goes from here, but I was told it would take a few days for the police department to interview subjects regarding the matter. This wasn’t the type of cheating I was thinking of when it comes to college baseball.
This article was updated with the offense report from Lindsborg Police Department.
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Glad it doesn’t appear anyone was seriously injured according to the offense report. A minor injury and everyone else seemed okay. This could have been bad. Fortunately it must have tasted too bad to drink. It looked like one of the coaches was in the report too according to the ages. I have never seen anything like this. Whatever was in there, it looked like it was peeling off the lining of the inside of the cooler. You’d think they’ll be able to figure out chain of custody pretty quick on who filled the jug to question them.
I’ll put money on some type of disinfectant that was left in the container, probably by accident.