I know I haven't posted in a while. Been overwhelmed with work and underwhelmed with most of the stories in sports.
As most of you know by now, BYU has suspended their top player for the rest of the season and the tournament. It surfaced today that it is because he broke the honor code, but having "relations" with his girlfriend.
At first glance, I was outraged that in this day and age a player could be punished for boning his girlfriend. I mean, this isn't "The Scarlet Letter" and Hester Prynne doesn't play small forward.
But, then I started thinking about the whole situation and started to reconsider. While I think its a fair bet to say my moral compass is at odds with BYU on a number of issues, and I would never attend that school, this Brandon Davies chose to go there. In attending that school and playing basketball, he knew what he was getting into. He knew this school was tough on these types of moral issues and had to know the consequences when he chose to attend.
Now, I'm not naive, freshmen ball players at other schools drink, which is a violation. That is true. However, I think BYU is different and Davies knew that. I'm still not even 100% convinced that is the right opinion either.
All in all, I think this is a VERY interesting story, and raises issues that really make you think.
Also, it is somewhat refreshing to hear about a player "getting in trouble" for this, and not for stealing a car, assaulting a woman, getting into a drunken fight, or even accepting gifts from boosters. Actually, refreshing isn't the right word, but its good to know there are some college athletes where even on their worst day, they aren't committing the criminal acts listed above.
I would be interested to hear what the rest of you think. In the words of Ned Flanders, "As melon-scratchers go, this one's a honey doodle."