Brandon University says recent comments from former professional ice-hockey player Theoren (Theo) Fleury, who received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2015, have put a "stain on his legacy," according to BU’s website.
Honorary degrees are not academic credentials; they’re awarded by BU to recognize an individual’s achievements or efforts. Fleury, a survivor of sexual abuse, received the title from the university for his contributions to combating child sexual abuse and for promoting healing and recovery.
"Over the weekend, he shared a reprehensible statement falsely linking vaccine passports to pedophilia, and he responded to criticism by brandishing a screenshot highlighting several of his past awards, including his honorary degree from BU," the school says.
"We call on Fleury to recognize that he is now a person in a position of authority, and to recognize that his actions as an authority put him in a place where he can cause harm to others."
The school’s full statement can be read online at brandonu.ca