Katie Meyer faced possible discipline from Stanford, parents say

Stanford soccer goaltender Katie Meyer faced possible disciplinary action from the university before taking her own life – a factor that may have contributed to her tragic death, her devastated parents said Friday.

“Katie, who is Katie, was defending a teammate on campus over an incident and the fallout from her defense of that teammate [were possibly resulting in disciplinary action]” her father Steve told NBC’s Today show.

Meyer’s mother Gina wore one of Katie’s red sweaters during the emotional interview and said it smelled like her and helped ease the searing pain of losing her daughter.

Meyer, 22, who was was found dead in her dorm room on TuesdayShe was months away from graduating, but the looming possible effects of the discipline may have played a role in her death, her parents said.

Meyer’s parents believe she received an email from Stanford about the possible disciplinary action before her death.

Stanford Cardinal goaltender Katie Meyer
Katie Meyer captured the demands of college athletes in a Student Spotlight profile published by Stanford in October.
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“We haven’t seen that email yet,” Gina Meyer said. “She had been getting letters for a few months. That letter was sort of the last letter that there would be a trial or anything. That’s the only thing we can think of that triggered something.”

“She committed suicide,” said the sobbing mother. “The last few days are like a parent’s worst nightmare and you don’t wake up from it. So it’s just awful.”

Meyer said her daughter is “excited” and has “a lot going on” in her life, but is showing no warning signs that she is distraught.

Bouquet lies at the base of a flagpole outside of Maloney Field at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
A bouquet of flowers in honor of Katie Meyer rests at the base of a flagpole outside of Maloney Field at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
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Steve Meyer said his daughter previously defended a teammate on campus during an unspecified incident and the potential discipline she faced may have weighed heavily on her.

The couple also wondered if the immense pressure of being a collegiate athlete was too much for Katie, the captain of the team that helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

“There’s anxiety and stress about being perfect, being the best, being number 1,” said Gina Meyer.

The couple spoke to Katie just hours before she killed herself. A coroner found no evidence of third-party negligence.

“She was excited,” Gina said of the parents’ most recent FaceTime conversation with their daughter. “She had a lot on her mind. She had big plans. But she was happy. She was in the best of moods.”

Gina Meyer said the couple are now desperate for answers.

“We’re in trouble right now,” she said. “We’re struggling to know what happened. And why it happened you know? We’re just heartbroken, we’re so heartbroken.

Stanford University declined to comment on any possible discipline the star goalie may have faced, citing student confidentiality.

Stanford Cardinal goaltender Katie Meyer
Meyer helped lead Stanford to a national championship in 2019.
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“Our entire community is devastated by Katie’s death, and we send our deepest condolences to Katie’s family and everyone who knew her at Stanford, across the country and around the world,” university officials said in a statement to Today. . “Katie touched so many lives… We as a university community continue to mourn with Katie’s family and cherish our memories of her.”

Meyer, who studied international relations, noted the requirements for university athletes in a “Student Spotlight” profile published by Stanford in October.

“Balancing school and football was a challenge, but that’s all I’ve ever really known!” said Meier. “Travelling in the fall can be stressful due to missing classes, but my professors have been so accommodating and understanding.”

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