Sunday, May 1, 2011

Brandon Davies

Athletes are always in the news, for their achievements and for their failures.

Often we read about athletes who are arrested for possession of drugs, firearms, assault, all sorts of serious issues. Still, their teams and their employers stand behind them. I find that disappointing.

I just read that Dwight Gooden (baseball) was driving in New Jersey, high on cocaine and he hits another car. He has his 5 year old child in the back seat without a seat belt. He gets probation. WTF?!

Brandon Davies is the star basketball forward for Brigham Young University. He was recently dismissed from the team for violating the school's honor code. Now I understand it is a Mormon school, but really, can they be serious?

This suspension I find not only disappointing but sad. He had sex, he didn't kill anyone, he wasn't waiving a gun around, he wasn't dealing drugs or endangering anyone's life. He was doing what people, especially healthy young people do! Poor kid, maybe he will get his head together and transfer elsewhere.

This is an article from CBS News.

When star basketball forward Brandon Davies got dismissed from BYU's team, people immediately started flipping through the university's honor code for possible violations. Now reports are out on exactly what Davies did: the sophomore had premarital sex with his girlfriend.

Brigham Young University operates under a strict honor code that prohibits, among other things, alcohol use, premarital sex and beards. The clean-shaven 19-year-old acknowledged to school officials on Monday that he broke the section of the code that calls for students to "live a chaste and virtuous life," according to the Star Lake Tribune.

The Tribune reports that Davies was "extremely remorseful, heartbroken," and has apologized to his teammates.

The girlfriend has not been named. Though he has been suspended, Davies is allowed to remain at the university.

"Everyone makes mistakes in their life," said BYU teammate Charles Abouo. "We are reaching out and trying to help him get through this."

When asked whether Davies would be back on the team next year, Coach Dave Rose said, "Yeah, I do."

Easy to see why Rose would want the 6-foot-9 forward back. In the Cougars' first game without Davies, BYU lost at home to unranked New Mexico by 18 points.

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