The BYU Boys' Basketball
team is currently on a roll. With a record of 27–1 (13–1 in their Mountain West Conference
), the squad is poised to do some damage in the upcoming NCAA Basketball Tournament
While Jimmer Fredette
is the leading scorer and star of the team, Brandon Davies
(pictured) is the team's 6'9" center/forward and is their low-post inside scorer and top rebounder. Now that inside presence is gone, though, because Davies was suspended for violating BYU's Honor Code.
No, Davies wasn't arrested. He didn't get in any fights and he didn't fail a drug test. He showed up to practice on time and listened and respected his coach and team mates.
So what violation did he commit?
He had sex with his girlfriend. It wasn't rape. It wasn't sexual assault. It was legal consensual sex between a couple of 20 year olds. The violation?
They weren't married.
BYU's Honor Code asks its student athletes not to engage in premarital sex, asking them to "live a chaste and virtuous life" along with forbidding them from drinking coffee, tea, alcohol and using drugs. They must also attend church regularly.
The school is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose members are called "Mormons," in Provo, Utah.
In BYU's first game without Davies, the team lost to unranked New Mexico 82–64, which hurts their No. 3 ranking in the nation and their seeding in the upcoming tournament. Apparently, Davies, who hasn't spoken to the media, apologized to the team and is "heartbroken and remorseful" for what transpired.
"He told us everything," Fredette told the Salt Lake Tribune
. "He told us he was sorry and that he let us down. We just held our heads high and told him it was OK, that it is life, and you make mistakes, and you just got to play through it."
"Brandon is one of our good players, and he is like a brother to us, family," Fredette continued. "It is tough to lose a guy like that. We just have to pull together."
In 2011, is it excessive to ask college kids to refrain from having premarital sex or get kicked off the team? Or should have Davies known better, since he already played for BYU his freshman year and agreed to live by their honor code?
BYU head coach Dave Rose answered those questions easily:
"Everybody who comes to BYU, every student if they're an athlete or not an athlete, they make a commitment when they come," Rose said of the school's honor code. "A lot of people try to judge if this is right or wrong, but it's a commitment they make. It's not about right or wrong. It's about commitment."
Looks like there will be a bunch of athletes turning down BYU offer sheets for years to come.
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