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Olympic curling champ to take leave after Red Deer incident

Ryan Fry will miss at least the next two events as a member of Team Jacobs as he takes a leave from the team
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Ryan Fry of Team Jacobs calls to sweepers during their semi-final match against Team Gushue in the 2016 Boost National Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling held Dec. 10, 2016 at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday

SAULT STE. MARIE - Team Brad Jacobs will have a new member for the time being.

The Sochi Olympics gold-medal winners announced via social media on Wednesday afternoon that Ryan Fry is taking a leave from the team following events over the weekend in Red Deer that saw the Team Jacobs third kicked out of a World Curling Tour event where he was competing on a team with Jamie Koe.

In a statement posted by Fry to his Twitter account and reposted to the Team Jacobs Facebook page, Fry said in part, “Due to recent events, I have decided to take a leave from Team Jacobs. As hard as this is, I need to focus my full energy on my growth and self-improvement as this goes beyond last weekend’s events.”The Jacobs rink said in a post that, “we believe how Ryan is handling everything is a true reflection of his character.”

The manager of the venue where Fry was competing at the Red Deer Curling Classic called Fry's behaviour 'unacceptable', describing a drunken scene that included broken brooms, inappropriate language and minor damage to a locker room.

Team Jacobs said Fry will not be with the team for “at least” the next two events, but has not yet confirmed who will take his place.