UPDATE 3/2 9:36 p.m. PST: ESPN reports that Brandon Davies violated the BYU Honor Code by engaging in premarital intercourse with his girlfriend.
BYU starting center and leading rebounder Brandon Davies has been suspended indefinitely for violating the BYU Honor Code, reports ESPN. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound sophomore will not be allowed to return to the men’s basketball team this season, which has been the best in BYU history (currently 27-2, third on the national AP and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls). Davies has not responded to media inquiries, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Brandon Davies’ honor code violation
Sports fans are wondering what such a significant player could have done to violet the BYU Honor Code and get kicked out of basketball season. The university has not revealed what Brandon Davies did. However, it has been made clear that the violation is not connected to academics and what occurred was not a criminal offense, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told the Tribune.
Understanding the BYU Honor Code
In accordance with the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church), students, staff and faculty at Brigham Young University are expected to adhere to the BYU Honor Code as recorded by church. As the G Mormon blog puts it, those under the BYU Honor Code must:
“… maintain the highest standards of honor, integrity, morality, and consideration of others… ‘at all times and . . . in all places’ (Mosiah 18:9).”
Specifically, the BYU Honor Code requires that students:
- Be honest
- Live a chaste and virtuous life
- Obey the law and all campus policies
- Use clean language
- Respect others
- Abstain from alcohol, stimulants and substance abuse
- Participate in church services
- Observe the dress and grooming standards
- Encourage others to comply with the BYU Honor Code
While attempting to answer the question “What did Brandon Davies Do?” ESPN’s Skip Bayless said that it probably wasn’t a case of someone taking a cell phone picture of Davies sipping a coffee at Starbucks. Being suspended from the BYU men’s basketball team indefinitely indicates Davies’ violation was more serious.
Student speculation on the Salt Lake Tribune website is that masturbation may have been involved, but only Davies and the university know for sure how he violated the BYU Honor Code.
Salt Lake City Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/51342026-88/davies-team-code-basketball.html.csp
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