Freestyling Twins Suspended From U.S. Ski Team For Racial Slurs

Identical twins Kiernan and Deven Fagan, both set to ride for the U.S. Ski Team in Slopestyle and Big Air events, have been suspended from the team after having been caught using racial slurs on social media. Though the posts in question have since been deleted, U.S. Ski & Snowboard did release a statement confirming the boy's suspension.

"U.S. Ski & Snowboard does not condone acts of violence, underage drinking, or discriminatory language or actions that criticize, ridicule or otherwise disparage another individual’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or age. U.S. Ski & Snowboard recently became aware of content that portrays Deven and Kiernan Fagan behaving in a way that is in violation of U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Athlete Agreement and Code of Conduct. Effective immediately, Deven and Kiernan will be subject to a formal, indefinite suspension. Kiernan and Deven’s return to U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned activities is reliant upon completing diversity and sensitivity education. U.S. Ski & Snowboard will work closely with Kiernan and Deven in the coming months to evaluate their progress and team status." - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Statement

This suspension comes after the twins were dropped by sponsors Marker, Dalbello, Völkl (MDV), and Douchebags. The loss of sponsorship is due to the same incident.

As stated by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the twin's return to the team will be dependant on the completion of diversity and sensitivity training. However, the twins have also tried to take a step in the right direction by issuing an apology of their own, which came about in the form of an Instagram post.

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we are sorry

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Photo: The Fagan Twins taking first and second in competition - Credit: Kiernan Fagan/IG


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