Now, the frat boy in question — Jake Croman, a member of the tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity — is speaking out.
In a statement released through a representative got his family, Croman suggests the Uber driver had made anti-Semitic comments:
This video shows one side of an argument I had with an Uber driver two weeks ago after he refused to pick me up on the basis of my religion. What you don’t see in the video is that the driver had made a number of offensive anti-Semitic remarks that provoked my response. I am not proud of my reaction to his discrimination and I regret my choice of words. Shortly after the verbal altercation, I filed a complaint with the Ann Arbor police department and they are now dealing with the issue.”
According to The Ann Arbor News, the police department has confirmed that a report has been filed in the matter.
After racking up over 35,000 views since being posted on March 23, the viral video features Croman shouting:
You’re canceling us again, why? For what? See they don’t give a sh*t about you. They don’t give two f*cks. There’s 50 of you. There’s one of me who spends the most money here, you little f*ck. Yeah, f*ck you, Arthur, you little faggot f*ck. You wanna kick me off? Kick me off, you little piece of sh*t. You’re an Uber driver, go f*cking drive you little f*ck. Minimum wage faggot, go f*ck yourself. See you later. Go pick up another f*ck. You working all day? Guess what? I’m going to go sit on my a** and watch TV. F*ck you.”
In a statement, the driver, Artur Zawada, claims Croman has harassed him several times and that he’s requested Uber ban him — although Croman apparently uses friends’ accounts.
For that I was falsely accused, called names etc,” he wrote. “4th time… Rider knew from Uber application who is the driver. He had option to cancel to avoid any issues but he/they proceeded to abuse, harrase, belittle and provoke like kindergarten thugs.”
According to the University of Michigan spokesman Rick Fitzgerald, the dean of students has met with both Croman and Zawada.
“We find the actions depicted in this video to be reprehensible and completely inconsistent with our community’s closely held values,” he said. “We expect more from our students. Regardless of the circumstances, no one deserves to be treated that way.”
The national fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon is investigating the incident and Croman could face expulsion.
h/t: ML Live