Zeigle, a junior from Utah, quite the team and "will no longer be associated with the cross country and track programs," according to a CU athletic department release.
O'Neal and Zeigle, who are romantically linked, were charged recently with harassment, a misdemeanor that carries a minimum punishment of a $50 fine, and a maximum punishment of $750 and six months in jail, if convicted. Both are scheduled to appear in Boulder County Court on Dec. 19.
The charges stem from two e-mails sent from O'Neal's account on facebook.com, an Internet site used by college students across the country where students at different universities can post profiles and exchange e-mails. Greg Castro, a sophomore on the cross country team, received one of the e-mails on Dec. 4. Another was sent to sophomore cross country runner Stephen Pifer.
According to several published reports, which quoted a police report that detailed the e-mails, the electronic missive to Castro, who is Hispanic, contained numerous racial slurs. It also threatened that O'Neal, who is listed at 6-5, 305 pounds, would come drag Castro behind his car and "introduce (Castro) to the devil."
Pifer used to be romantically linked with Zeigle's twin sister, Laura, also a member of the cross country team. The e-mail sent from O'Neal's account to Pifer warned Pifer to stay away from both Zeigle sisters. It also contained derogator reference to Pifer's ethnicity in one line: "I am teammates with some of the lowest, like you…"
According to a story in the Colorado Daily, Zeigle took responsibility for writing the e-mails, but said that O'Neal directed her to log onto O'Neal's account and write the e-mails intended to intimidate the two fellow student-athletes.
According to the report, the e-mails were sent in the wake of a party attended by Castro, Pifer and the Zeigle sisters, where a conflict between Pifer, Castro and Laura Zeigle reportedly took place.