Members of St. Joseph's softball team release statement on hazing allegations

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Members of the team responded to the allegations. (WPVI)

Members of the St. Joseph's University women's softball team have responded to allegations they were involved in hazing.

The members released a statement Monday night.

"As a team, we are devastated by the allegations and resulting reports that have come about in recent weeks. We take an immense amount of pride in our program, and the thought of our community thinking less of our character is the hardest piece to swallow," the statement read.

Action News broke the story last week.

Sources tell Action News that freshman members of the softball team have been forced to undergo hazing for some time.

Sources allege that students were given written instructions in a note from upperclassmen telling them that it was Deliverance Week, the time has come for them to show respect, it's time for them to realize their place, and if they don't follow instructions there will be dire consequences.

Sources say the students being initiated had to consume alcohol, perform acts involving inappropriate touching, perform lap dances for upperclassman on the team, mimic various sex acts and do other things too graphic to be outlined.

The players won't comment on specific details, but admit they are very serious.

"What we can tell you right now is this: we have the utmost respect for each other and this school. Every person on our team - past and present - is family. We hold each other accountable and we support each other on and off the field. We make each other better as players and as people," the statement read.

The statement was released to the St. Joseph's student newspaper, The Hawk.

The university is conducting an internal investigation.
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