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Published: Sunday, March 23 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

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Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

Malihini,
Given that he entered a "not guilty" plea, I have been wondering if there isn't some credence to what you said. Either a person has been drinking, or he has not. For someone to deny the charge *should* mean that there is no merit to it. Of course, I also understand that if a kid got caught doing something he wasn't supposed to do, he might also deny it regardless of the facts. Hoping for the former, but, if the latter, then we can chalk it up to lapse of judgment and look for him to be given a path to take similar to that of Hadley, probably modified for the fact that he isn't LDS.

Aggie5
Kuna, ID

These type of issues would never happen in Logan.
Go Angie's!

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

As a BYU fan for 50 years I understand the honor code conerns here. As these young athletes agree to the honor code (as Jamal did) then having been caught making a choice contrary to the code, he should stand accountable to it now. That said, it would be best if it is handled with sensitivity and confidentially. This is between him and his coaches to work out as far as the school is concerned.

One could argue that the news media doesn't even need to report these issues when they become aware of it (whether it is a BYU player or a player for that school up north). We all make erroneous choices in our lives, but it doesn't have to be broadcast to the whole community unless it is a major deal - which this isn't in my book. Why is this a public news story? I thought public floggings ended with the dark ages? I guess not.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I hope he misses zero football time for this. He's a teenager who made a very minor mistake. Even as a Ute fan, I see no reason for BYU administrators to do a dang thing on this other than issue Williams a warning. If there was a second time then, and only then, should some kind of a field-time suspension be considered.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

It is none of our Beeswax Buisness! Way to go DN and Utah County Dept. So we don't know the whole scope between JW and HC. Enough for now.

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Nothing to see here.

Everyone move on.

lixircat
Indianapolis, IN

It's just sad. LDS or not, he's been there long enough to know better. He's seen HC issues with other players in multiple sports.
In my four years at BYU I can think of only 2 times I ever even SAW alcohol (outside the chem labs). Why put yourself in a position where these issues is even an option?
I'm hoping for the best for him though. Let's all remember that he is more than just an awesome RB. He's a young man. A young man that needs direction, guidance and support.

ekute
Layton, UT

It's a matter of public record, you can't keep it out of the news. If you're so proud of you're "higher standard" than don't complain when you're players are held to it.

dww722
North Salt Lake, UT

This is such a non-issue. Slap the kids hand and move on.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

If he pleads not guilty is that an additional honor code violation if its determine(by the honor code or bronco) that he did drink?

After all, isn't being honest part of the honor code?

He broke the law and should suffer the consequences.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Ooooops. Just curious, why is the Deseret News and the Tribune reporting the arrest of a minor. I thought the identity of a minor was supposed to be confidential. I'm not dismissing what Williams is accused of doing, but when was the last time one of the locals newspapers reported the name of 16-year-old kid arrested for shoplifting?

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Lay off the kid. Let him work things out with his team.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ed Grady

"Just curious, why is the Deseret News and the Tribune reporting the arrest of a minor. I thought the identity of a minor was supposed to be confidential."

He's not a minor. He's an underage drinker, but he's not a minor.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

My guess is that he probably gargled with Listerine which left a trace of alcohol on his breath.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ed Grady,

To clarify things a bit further regarding my last comment ...

Underage (under 21) drinking is often referred to as consumption or possession by a "minor" but the "minor" is in reference to being under the age of 21 and not to being a "minor" in the sense of not legally being an "adult."

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

Chris B

Salt Lake City, UT

If he pleads not guilty is that an additional honor code violation if its determine(by the honor code or bronco) that he did drink?

After all, isn't being honest part of the honor code?

He broke the law and should suffer the consequences.
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Wow, Chris B.

The kid is guilty already? He has no right to due process? Ya want me to mark it down?

Dude, ya just went over even your own line...

Dutchman
Murray, UT

The Honor Code really has nothing to do with this. It is a violation of Utah State Law for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or drink alcohol. As for the BYU Honor Code the school will deal with this as it sees fit. Utah also has team rules. If a player breaks a state law I am sure that is a violation of team rules. Like BYU, Utah would deal with this at it befits its team rules.

wahului
Stockton, CA

Unless proven otherwise, Jamaal is not guilty, period. You can bet his mother knows already.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

If the kid wants to make it right, then Ute and Cougar fans should all want this 18 year old to succeed.

The Rivalry banter is still pathetic...

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Eighteen is the age of stupid. Fortunately a few escape the blight. Obedience to gospel light and principles is the key.Some Kids learn it at a much younger age as taught and observed in their family life, other learn it the hard way.

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