bhansenjr:Do you know of anyone that has been excommunicated or
disfellowedship by the Church? I know many and some of the things they are not
allowed to do until betermined by proper authority (Bishop/Stake
President/Quroum of the Twelve) is:Partake of the sacrament, prayer
in Church meetings, pay tithing, sustain member callings and many other things.
They are not kept from attending worship services but the rights that many
members enjoy is SUSPENDED. The same is now in effect for Brandon. How, he
reacts to the situation will determine whether he stays at BYU or is forced to
leave. Notice that it stated he was suspended from the Basketball team, not the
univeristy at this time. Therefore, he can still attend classes and continue to
work on his degree but he can't play basketball. I feel this is the type of
action the University should have taken and did. There are reports that Brandon
turned himself in. If I told a lie and then came back to my Mother to admit it.
I still was punished for it. The punishment was less than if she found it but
still I was punished. This is no different.
It's interesting to see the local Utah news and comments about this in Utah. A
principle of Mormonism is to confess, repent, forgive and forget. Largely most of the comments directed to this situation are compassionate and
supportive that I have read all over the country. People are honoring his
integrity for coming forward on his own to confess to breaking a serious part of
the BYU honor code. He will be respected and forgiven by most people there. I've already seen where parents of kids there are using him as an
example to emulate, not to make mistakes or sin, but to note the honorable and
manly way he handled it and how others will rally around him with pride for his
integrity in the world where few have it and honesty and morality is mostly
ignored and devalued.I appreciate it when a star athletic puts
ethics and honor above self interests, self gratification and greed. Well done
Davies and BYU
"In 2010, Brigham Young University supplanted Harvard University as the
most popular national university in America, according to an analysis of yield
(the percentage of students accepted to a school who opt to attend) by U.S.News
& World Report. For BYU, ranked 71st in U.S. News's ranking of the nation's
best national universities, 78 percent of students who were accepted chose to
attend. Harvard finished a close second, with 76 percent of accepted students
opting to attend the nation's most selective university."Every
student who enrolls at BYU knows about the strict code of conduct, the BYU Honor
Code, that they will be expected to abide by, BYU had the highest percentage of
students who were accepted choose to attend BYU.Why would students
CHOOSE to abide by such a strict code of conduct?And, how would they
react if the code they promised to live, that they signed their names to, wasn't
With all the people turned away without a first chance to go to BYU is it fair
to those who don't keep the honor code. David Bednar at Ricks College in the
fall of 1998 said if you have no desire to keep honor code go somwere else. Not
fair to those that don't get in.
lovable losers - BYU's new motto after the season ends.
As an alum and an active member of the LDS church I am disappointed in my
school. Anyone is sorely mistaken to assume that BYU runs like the church. BYU
is harsh and hard handed and the church is not. BYU is punitive the church is
constructive. We believe that the voice of people is right (Mosiah 29:6, yet we
reject reasonable and honorable people suggest. We believe that vengence is
mine, yet BYU hands it out in the name of consequences. Show me an instance in
the Bible or Book of Mormon where the repentant and resmorseful sinner is turned
away by Christ or not allowed to participate with Him, BYU tells them they
cannot particpate. BYU is a university owned and operated by the LDS Church,
but it is not a church or the church. It is a hardline, punitve institution
that calls uphold a wonderful honor code with the sword as opposed to the word
skycrest, The school is (or technically is not) Bob Jones University
which has actually allowed inter-racial dating for about 30 years, which shows
how behind the times you are. The policies of Bob Jones both in the
past and at present make sense within their religious worldview. I would
likewise not criticize a Muslim-run university for banning women exposing their
hair or expelling any student that decided to convert to Christianity. The issues at hand are not about rules but equally applying them. There
have been too many cases of athletes getting away with crimes like sexual
assault because the campus police sat on the report for two months before giving
it to the prosecutor when the trail was cold, the victim had committed suicide
after being sent threatening messages and the memory of witnesses had probably
been "helped" in a way that would protect the careers of the players
involved, for us to respond with anything but relief to disciplining. Ture I
only know of one case that fits the above descripion, but that is 1 too many.
I am still trying to overcome the shock, I actually put a reccomend on a comment
by alt134. The fact of the matter is that there was no low-key way to suspend
Davies. He made the choice to become a college baskeball player knowing full
well that once he did his level of privacy was down. The choice was suspend
Davies or don't suspend him and value winning over the Honor Code. Those were
the only choices. There was no way to suspend him and then claim he was not
suspended. Well, I guess they could lie and claim he was out becuse of heart
trouble, or they could have highered a hit man to break his legs and then
truthfully said he was not playing because his legs were broken, but pretending
nothing happened was not an option.
JustintimeY, the Church never will be popular. The standards of the Lord
will not be popular with the world. The goal of missionary work is not to make
the Church well liked, but to brings people to Christ. The pure in heart who
are willing to live the gospel of Jesus Christ will be drawn in more while the
easily offended of the type who caused Jesus to sak "will you also go away
then" will go away. On the other hand by the theory of
"no publicity is bad" publicity to BYU has certainly gone up with this
development. I think some we too often want to have "a king like all other
people" instead of being the Peculiar Treasure of the Lord.The
honest in heart will embrace and be encoraged by the caring more for the man
than for the game that is inherent in showing people that helping them develop
consistent character is worth more than game victories.
I extend my love to Davies as my brother. I also think that the public
consequences could end up being the best thing that ever happened to him. The
world is not over, regardless of how painful this might be for him. He can
return and repent, and it sounds like he has a good start on it. Anybody else out there tempted with the same problem would do well to take
The fact is virtually no one could live the Honor Code perfectly (Obey the laws:
when did you last exceed the speed limit?, Be honest: when did you last tell a
little lie, or exagerate?). So... much is left to the ecclesiastical judge
(bishop/stake pres) to consider, weigh, and ultimately render a judgement. Then
he discusses with the univ HC office. They then consider, weigh, and ultimately
render a judgement. They, of course, know that no one can be perfect, so again
a lot is judgement.There has to be more to this story than has been
publicized. Brandon was suspended (just from basketball).What we
don't know 1. How did his behavior come to light? Was it through his
admission? 2. Why is Brandon suspended from the team mid-season, but not
from BYU?These are legitimate, thoughtful questions for all of us.
There is the continuing attitude that "you break the Honor Code, you pay
the price". But in reality, the Code is broken a lot and there is no
public price to pay. Brandon's punishment extends beyond his
suspension from b-ball. It has been nationally publicized.
As a person who has lived in and away from Utah, and never went to the Y, there
are other schools, way to go BYU! I would have worried if they had given the
player a pass, as would everyone else who takes the code seriously.
I'm not Mormon, but I applaud BYU for honoring their honor code! I hope they
will not cave to liberal media pressure. Maybe BYU can turn out NBA players
that aren't criminal thugs like so many other schools players.
"At B.Y.U., owned and operated privately by the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, the honor code is separate from the academic honesty policy,
and is more closely linked to the personal-behavior tenets of the Mormon
church."This is true for BYU and the LDS Church. The public
sees the basket ball team; they see how they conduct themselves and the
sportsman-like behavior, on and off the B-ball court. What they don't know is
they enjoy the light they see in them and their integrity comes through, it is
the BYU Honor code that sets us apart from the rest. The LDS Church
is not the only one who have higher standards. Men in the Marines who get
Embassy duty, or to guard the tombs of the Unknown Soldiers make a life
commitment, if you will to be free of alcohol and an unbreakable moral code.That code not only means honesty, but being chaste and morally clean.
The Boy Scouts have one (code) as well, in case no one has noticed. The Honor
Code is not unique to BYU. It is what it is--Honor. Principle over performance.
There are other private schools that have similar codes, but I'm not sure how
they handle infractions. I do know BYU's honor code makes more sense than a
school where "interracial dating" is against the rules, like a private
school in the south I won't name. My niece at BYU is happily engaged to a boy of
another race and planning for a temple wedding because they have both adhered to
the honor code, and proud of it.
After last nights loss it seems that BYU made the wrong decision. However they
did make the right decision. As the ESPN commentator said "I find this
refreshing". Could you imagine if BYU hid this until after the NCAA's? It
would tell the world that if your an athelete at BYU the honor code has no
meaning. This wasn't a thing about minor violation. Any cop, DA or
SEC person will tell you that most of the things that they stem from not holding
to integrity when young or getting away with things when in High School or
College. Remember the Dallas Cowboy's and the University of Miami, Florida
football teams in the early 1990's? Heres a joke from that time. "Two UofM
(Dallas Cowboys)football players are riding in the back seat of a car. Who's
driving?" ......... The Cop".
To byufootballrocks:I respectfully disagree.At my former
school some football players did something stupid in their private lives,
hurting our school; having a principle who was coach of the same team the year
before... they got a slap on the wrist. My choir teacher said 'if any of us did
the same, we'd be out of Madrigals', which we all already knew.Sports and popular opinion should never justify avoiding accountability and
responsibility; otherwise codes of conduct or moral standards might as well not
exist. At BYU and in the church we are not moral relativists.BYU has
a code of conduct, which I support; if I agree to this policy (popular or not)
and violate it- I should be held accountable.His high position makes
this a harder fall for him- true, but BYU isn't ruining his life; he is being
held to the same standard as every other BYU student has agreed to follow and
faces. The media after-effect is sad, but is not BYU's doing. Media attention to
Davies and contention of a private university's honor code are others choices,
outside of Davies and BYU's control.
All through life we have rules we must live by and follow or we must suffer the
conquest that follows. If there's an honor code and it was broken then the
person must pay for it. In the military colleges have one to and if it's broken
they can be force to leave. So what is the problem at BYU?
I wish that there would never be a player who had to be publicly marred.
However, for BYU to take a stand with principle over athletics is quite an eye
opener to the world about who the LDS church is. I am grateful that BYU takes
this stand. It will set precedence for future players who will think hard about
Now I know why I'm not a BYU fan. If I were, this would rip my guts out. Props
to the BYU Administration for doing the right thing, but it still ruins a
would-be great season. If I were a BYU fan, I would always be looking over my
shoulder for this type of violation (as with Harvey Unga). Even though these
players understand the honor code, the're only kids and something like this can
spoil great expectations. I hope Davies comes through it alright.
Who cares what the "pundits" think. The essence of the BYU Honor Code
is defined not by those that break it, but by the tens of thousands of students
that keep it and use it as a guide for happiness in their college life. It
should be celebrated, not defended.
You have much to be proud of in BYU. The school held to its principles,
ragardless of the potential fallout as regards the basketball team's
performance. I believe Mr. Davies, in being forthright on the issue, has also
handled this well. He knew what he signed for when he agreed to represent BYU
in athletics, and even though perhaps only a mistake, there are consequences. I
am hard put to think of another program in this country that would demonstrate
such integrity, and if Mr. Davies is remorseful I would hope the University
leadership would allow him another chance next year. This just
isn't seen in college athletics anymore and you in Utah may count a non-Mormon
Wyoming native and true blood Cowboy fan as impressed. Very impressed. (That
said, I still must root against BYU at all times as a matter of course. It's
professional for people like me. Genetic, even...)
The school should not have used this unfortunate situation to show that it's
willing to stick to it's guns. Yes we understand it's the honor code. Yes we
understand that you want to be perceived as a school with standards. Where is
the integrity and compassion in airing the situation in the media to be viewed
as the beacon. You're using this young man's mistake as pr. He should have
been released for violating team rules and it should have been left at that. He
wouldn't have to go through this scrutiny but... BYU wouldn't get the exposure.
dalry23 and Hedgehog,I completely disagree with both of you...unless
I happen to be immortal...and my husband, sister, brother-in-law, and many many
more people I know because we never violated the Honor Code. And I'm pretty
sure we're not perfect so I guess we can't be immortal. Perhaps the Honor Code
is just strict and not impossible.
Hedgehog,I don't often agree with you but when I do I'll give you
your due. Well said on your 6:49 PM comments!
BYU is a private school, not public, and in essence it's their Honor Code the
differs them from all the "ordinary" public and private schools. Even
the other private schools have some sort of honor code, but is not as strict as
BYU's. BYU is known to be a stone sober school, a "no-party" school,
and one that has impeccably high standards. ESPN and other news agencies have no
business judging BYU for their standards. As a player, you sign the
dotted line saying you will follow what is wanted there, and you have signed
your integrity on the line. If you can't follow through, then don't go there.
Find another school that fits your lifestyle, but don't throw the teammates
under the bus because you don't like the rules of the school.
"Therefore, was it really necessary - honestly now - and compassionate,
to:1) publicly announce that he had violated the honor code?2) make
that announcement just over 24 hours after first becoming aware of the
violation?3) make this announcement at this time, when all eyes are on BYU
because of the NCAA run? "Yes, because you cannot
possibly bench a starter the rest of the season for the currently No. 3 team in
the nation without having someone asking "uhhhh what happened to
"Now the talk has all turned to the honor code and it is mostly negative
from a non member perspective. "I don't know, the honor code
seems silly to most non-members but... they tend to respect BYU for not
suspending Brandon for games against Youngstown State and Northern New Jersey
A&M Technical Institute of State University.
Re byufootballrocks and others:Your compassion is admirable, but
the truth is always the best route, even when it is hard. Imagine the uproar and
potential harm to both the university and Brandon had they taken your advice and
then more information somehow came to public knowledge. The concept of letting
it out there in degrees keeps the spotlight on longer, calls into question the
university's honesty and integrity, and casts lingering doubt and speculation on
Brandon. This is exposure the church and BYU did not want, but make
no mistake. Many people are impressed with a principled stand, and many more
will be impressed with Brandon's integrity and courage when he makes his
comeback. Please people, let your only thoughts and prayers be for a
young man who is hurting, and all others who are hurting with him. The church,
BYU and the team will all be fine.
I think this whole situation is sad. Did Brandon know better? You bet he did,
however does the whole world need to know about it? I wish this had been done a
little more privately. Sure Brandon is just like any other student and should
face consequences, but repentance is a very private affair and should remain so.
I think BYU should have just told the media that he was out for the season
period, and should have left it at that.
BYU confirmed that Brandon Davies committed no criminal act.ESPN reported
that he is "very remorseful."Therefore, was it really
necessary - honestly now - and compassionate, to:1) publicly announce that
he had violated the honor code?2) make that announcement just over 24
hours after first becoming aware of the violation?3) make this
announcement at this time, when all eyes are on BYU because of the NCAA run? The net effect of this is to make Brandon's repentance process much
harder, because of the additional load one is made to bear because the entire
world knows! We're talking about a precious human life - a 19-year-old. What a
burden to carry!When you punish it is very important to not do it in
a way that has the potential to destroy the person.Wouldn't it have
made more sense to suspend him "for a violation of team rules" and
then address the issue of the potential release of his suspension after the
tournament, when the attention dies down? I am very loyal to BYU and
the leaders of the Church and I believe this was not done right. The damage is
"BYU is in a tough spot." LOL. Hardly!In the
grand scheme of things I would say that you, hedge, are in a tough spot. Day in and day out creating contention when you could choose to do
something much more positive in your life.
JustintimewarpFor every negative comment, story, opinion, etc.
that's generated over this there will be countless others that will inquire
about and come to an understanding and appreciation for BYU's Honor Code. Once
again, this media attention will come out more positive and more important than
the sports program.By the way, we're only talking about one player
here. Last I heard Jimmer and company are still around and the team is ON for
tonight.uh... mark it down!Go Cougars!
It seems every three months we need to mourn and grieve for yet another *Honor
Code casualty.When you have such immortal rules placed upon mortals
what do you expect? I guess disappointment is what your striving for... because
it's inevitable.BYU is in a tough spot. To change said codes to
something more attainable would prove to by hypocrital to what is preached.
I'm an outsider on this issue but if any institution has rules, I'm sure that
they don't keep them a secret. If he knowingly broke a rule that called
for dismissal, the load is on the players shoulders. Don't attack the rule
maker. If you are upset go after the rule breaker.Go Utes
Justintime Y from Boise: Did you open even one link on this article
and read it? The blog link? The ESPN link? The CBS link? They all speak very
positively of how refreshing it is to see a university put honor and integrity
above athletics. There are polls attached to some of these national opinions,
too. The overwhelming majority are voting in favor of BYU's enforcement of the
My non-Mormon friend has nothing but praise for BYU.-- Way to go! It's good to
see someone with values and sticking with it.Times have changed. We
don't even expect our political leaders to be truthful or honest. As much as
this hurts the basketball team, I find character refreshing, and yes, I'm ashame
of those who whine of an easy to live honor code.
@JustintimeYI'm confused. Do you really mean to say that BYU's
adherence to the honor code is _hurting_ the church's image? Maybe it's hurting
the basketball team's chance for playoffs, etc., but requiring student athletes
to suffer the consequences for their actions is absolutely, morally the right
thing to do. Anyone whose opinion the church or BYU should care about will see
that.One of the worst things we ever did as parents was not
uniformly enforce the consequences we said we would impose for misconduct by our
children. They came to believe (and we're working hard to disabuse them of this
idea) that Mom and Dad's rules have no teeth, and therefore misconduct is no big
The beauty of a private school is that you don't have to have someone there if
they are not willing to play by your rules.
You break the rules, you pay the price. We like it that way and we don't care
what people think or how negative it may appear. If you sign on the dotted
line, make sure you keep your commitment. You make the choice. Thank you very
Every thing that Jimmer and this team has done positive for the church just went
out the window with the honor code. their are many non members that had joined
the BYU basketball bandwagon that are now asking why? Jimmer and the basketball
team in general had been getting much positive attention on line. Now the talk
has all turned to the honor code and it is mostly negative from a non member
perspective. Disapointment as a fan would be an understatement.