I’ve been holding my tongue because honestly I don’t really care about any of this lol but I do have to say it’s quite surprising that a program would allow athletes to vote another teammate off. It’s not exactly what I would expect from a reasonable coach or program director. A proper investigation should’ve been conducted and if it was determined objectively that the individual indeed said something reprehensible or that they we’re just bringing the team down with their bad attitude then they should’ve taken action based on that information. If I was a coach and I observed that someone had a contagiously bad attitude or had an observed history of saying inappropriate things that made others visibly uncomfortable/demotivated then I would kick them off and not rely on the subjective nature of a team vote. Isn’t this a team with mature adults on it? Getting voted off seems like a particularly immature way to address reports of bad behavior. Idk… it’s hard to explain so perhaps it’s better if I paint a picture. Imagine if you were working in an office and one of your coworkers said something to another coworker that most certainly warranted an immediate termination but your entire office was very close to rounding out the final sales quarter of the year and the coworker who said the bad thing was one of the top salespeople in the office so instead of HR firing this person so close to the final quarter HR decided to host a meeting without this individual and allowed their colleagues to take a vote… …like that’s what it feels like to me. Just no. HR needs to fire the person and be done with it if they conducted a proper investigation and determined that the accusations were true. Nobody’s employment should be based off the opinions of their coworkers. I hope that makes sense. Now obviously cheer is a bit different so on second thought there may be a lot of other factors at play so I don’t want to speak to this situation specifically but I still stand firm in the fact that top tier worlds teams shouldn’t be using a peer-based ballot system as a way to determine someone’s place on a team. Only the coaches and directors should be making these decisions. Period. Just my opinion.