Everybody loves a juicy scandal — except those involved in it — but you have to feel for Brandon Davies, despite the fact that I wrote yesterday about how I admire Brigham Young University for upholding its honor code. Davies, the star player of BYU’s No. 3 ranked men’s basketball squad, was dismissed from the team for violating school rules.
When the story broke, tongues were wagging with the conventional questions about what led to his expulsion: Did he cheat on a test, commit a felony, collect booster payments to play collegiate hoops?
Hardly. Instead, he violated school policy by having premarital sex with a woman — the latest rumor is she’s pregnant (yawn). So much for the juicy scandal.
Meanwhile, a Davies-less BYU team fell hard last night — and in its Provo, Utah, arena — to New Mexico. The final score: 82-64.
Davies is a man and he made a mistake; he didn’t commit a crime but he ran afoul of BYU’s rules. He knew the score when he enrolled at the Mormon university, and now he, and his team, is paying the price.
But what a price to pay. In an era where Charlie Sheen makes headlines whenever he breathes, the father of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton admits to soliciting six-figure payouts from prospective universities, Davies’ fall from grace is because he had premarital sex.
Whatever the public outcry is, don’t expect BYU to cave in. The university has, so to speak, made its bed and will have to sleep in it.
For Davies, let’s hope he rebounds from breaching a draconian policy administered by the brain-trust at BYU.
Unlike those college players before with off-court troubles, Davies’ value in the eyes of NBA scouts and teams won’t diminish. But the allure of playing hoops at BYU might in the eyes of many Cougar recruits.
Do you feel bad for Brandon Davies?