Syracuse lacrosse players threaten walkout over Chase Scanlan return, source says

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR) — WSYR, News 8 WROC’s sister station in Syracuse, has learned that some players on the Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team have threatened to walkout or not attend practice if Chase Scanlan is allowed to return to the team. 

Scanlan, who is first on the team in goals, was suspended indefinitely by the program April 19th for unknown reasons, but was reinstated this week.

According to sources, Scanlan did not attend practice Tuesday. WSYR had a crew at practice, which was held outside of the Ensley Center, but was politely asked to leave because practices are closed to the media. 

Sources also indicate SU’s captains have reached out to SU Athletic Director John Wildhack to discuss the situation. 

Syracuse men’s lacrosse coach John Desko spoke with the media Wednesday but did not offer much in terms of the Chase Scanlan situation.

But did read this prepared statement at the beginning of his press conference:

“As you’re all well aware, federal law prohibits the university from discussing specific issues relating to a student’s experience or record at the university. We can tell you limited information related to a student-athlete’s team status. Chase was suspended from the team ten days ago (April 17, 2021) for violating team rules and expectations. On Monday April 26, 2021 I reinstated him. (Chase Scanlan) will not be traveling with the team this weekend. I can’t and won’t offer any further comment.”

Desko received ten questions in regards to Scanlan’s situation but answered them mostly the same way. He said he had no further comment or asked reporters to refer to his earlier statement.

He issued the same response when asked if he or the team has ever received any sensitivity training in regards to domestic violence.

In the nearly 12 minute press conference, Desko stated that Scanlan was practicing with the team but would not travel to South Bend this weekend.

Onondaga County District Attorney said they plan to look into the altercation and will interview the alleged victim at her convince.

Scanlan leads SU in goals this season with 24. Syracuse is 6-4 with two games left in the regular season.

The Orange close out their road schedule Saturday at fourth-ranked Notre Dame. 

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