Gordon hit the ground pretty hard falling off the pedestal that we/I had him on.
None of us are exempt from disappointment. Sounds like the situation was
getting out of control.
Oh, that we could all have our weaknesses printed in an article in the Deseret
Interesting contrast in the comments' sentiment of this article versus that
of a similar article over a year ago involving a Utah player. While they differ
because in this case there was another man in the house to prevent any physical
harm to the wife, the general feeling here is "poor guy, hope he can get his
problems worked out," the other was overwhelmingly critical of Coach
Whittingham for saying he would do everything he can to help him and his family
because he wasn't deserving of any help, only his family whom he had
affected.In this case, as in the other, I hope for the best for Mr.
Hudson, but first and foremost for the well-being of his family.
Hudson has some issues to deal with. They are hard enough without the local
population knowing all of his dirt because the guy played football at BYU, and
thus it becomes something to write about. Unfortunate.
It could also be a story if Hudson might have had concussions that have long
lasting health effects. Also, many football players and other athletes at BYU
in the early 1980's were given Percocet and many athletes battled
addictions during or after their careers. I don't know if this applied to
Hudson at any level but perhaps it did/does.
My best to the Hudson family. May they find peace.Folks questioning
the journalistic integrity of the DN or calling this yellow journalism are off
base. People in the public eye have their lives reported on. When Todd
Christensen passed away awhile back, there were multiple stories in the sports
section. Any number of people died that same day, but no articles about any of
them. Todd was a public figure, his passing was of note to sports fans and was
reported on.When a former BYU athlete climbed Mt. Kilimenjaro (sic)
in Africa with some veterans, that was reported on. Any number of Utahns
climbed that mountain that year but weren't covered in the press. The
athlete got press coverage in the DN because of his notoriety.The
press, the DN included, report on events, good and bad, in the lives of people
known to their readership (marriages, missions, surgeries, divorces etc.) that
are not reported on for average folks like you and me.This event was
unfortunate and distasteful, but by the standard set out above, it was news and
reporting it wasn't untoward.
Ya know, a few weeks ago I commented on a Deseret News article that a huge
portion of the anti-BYU comments were primarily motivated by anti-LDS
feelings.I was told I was foolish.Really?On
a different note, good luck to Mr. Hudson. We ALL have problems to deal with.
I can't imagine how tough it would be to deal with these kinds of issues
with the background he has.
Sad the things that are news and how the media portrays incidents to make a
buck. As a life long Ute fan and alumni I see no reason why this story was
published like this. The DNews is no different than most other media outlets.
On June 12, 2014, there were over 75 incidents reported to police in Davis
County. Some of them were serious. Shots fired. Lewdness. Suspicious person.
Burglary. Traffic hazard. Trespassing. Graffiti. Reckless driving. Disturbance.
Identity theft. Threats to commit death. Alcohol related. Drug activity. Hit and
Run. The Deseret News decided to report on a domestic disturbance
that involved a former BYU football player. When the newspaper can
decide what is newsworthy and what comments should be censored, is there any
wonder that many people question the objectivity of the press, even the Deseret
News? Of all the police reports in Davis County on June 12, 2014,
the one about a former football player was minor compared to the other reports,
yet that story got special attention. Why?
@ekute,"Besides, does byu not carry the flag for family
values?" Does Utah not? Are you seriously suggesting this is somehow worse
of an offense because he's associated with byu? As if assaulting your wife
is less wrong if you're a ute player? Drop the self righteousness. Wrong
is wrong and right is right. Association with a particular school doesn't
impact right or wrong. Ute "fans" really need to learn that.
DN, why bring this up? You continue to gossip when we don't need to know
about former players. And how about what happened to Destiny Norton father for
being caught using weed some few years ago. Mr Norton daughter was murder by
some evil guy. It is none of our buisness. Sorry Gordon Hudson going through
some trials but we don't need to know. Wish you well Gordon and his family.
Excellent comments by people who are not BYU fans (i.e. mostly Utah fans):Wookie, xert, Pac12 Fan, Aggie5, JKL51, There You Go Again, Henry
Drummond, etc.I enjoy fun smack talk about sports on both sides but
this is a line I personally wouldn't cross and neither did you.Well Done!
I am also a Ute Fan, I personally know Gordon from Helping Coach Little League
Football with him 11-12 years ago. Its sad all the Ute fans get on and trash
him because he's a former BYU all American, From the Looks of things Gordon
looks pretty beat up Himself and my guess is her Son that intervened must be
Pretty Big to take on Gordon. There is no excuse for any sort of
Domestic Violence whatever the Circumstances, He is a Good Man inside and needs
help for Addictions so he can live a normal life. He became addicted to
Painkillers while playing in the NFL after ruining both his knees, I can only
Imagine the pain his body goes through on a daily basis and never being able to
kick it. He's good inside, people and the press need to back off so he can
get Help and live out a normal Healthy life if that is even possible
now…..I am one Ute Fan that is Pulling for Gordon to get Better and his
life back on track…
Amazingly, Neither The Salt Lake Tribune nor the Provo Daily Herald deem this
Domestic Violence event involving a former All-American BYU Football player
worthy of their electronic ink. Yet, as of 10:30 am PDT 6/13/14.
Wow, just wow. Using an article about domestic violence allegations against a
former football player as a means of putting down that program, university or
religion, or as a means of propping up your own team, is baffling. Does your
manic desire to consider your team (and thereby yourself) better than BYU (or
its fans) drive you to this? If so, I pity you and your life, I really do.
Stay classy y'all. And I hope Mr. Hudson can work out his issues.
The story is about a man in trouble who just happened to have played football.
For whatever reason, if the "facts" are correct, his family was in
danger. Is that because he played football? How many domestic violence arrests
were made in Utah on that day? How many of those arrests made the headlines?
Maybe the Deseret News needs to rethink what constitutes
"news". Does a football player from 30 years ago become headline news?
What does the story have to do with his career? Was he taught to do those
things when he played football? Did the school that he attended teach those
things? Way back in 1968, I was taught that if there is not
cause/effect relationship to a domestic abuse story, that the story is only
"yellow journalism". It's a shame that the Deseret News has
lowered its standards.
@Aggie5 - My thoughts exactly. I don't see anything funny here. You have an
individual who is out of control and children who must be scared to death. Put
the smack talk about BYU on hold for a minute and let's get this guy the
help he needs to get his life back on track.
Many of these comments are juvenile at best.Hudson was a great
player 30 years ago, however, there is much more to life than football.Hopefully he and his family can get things sorted out. The issues they are
facing are a big enough challenge without the added spotlight from the press.
Life isn't easy for anyone. Not even a former college football athlete.
What makes this doubly tragic is the classless comments from a lot of Ute fans.
This story isn't about a BYU/Utah rivalry. It's about a family in
distress. God Bless Gordon and his family.
From a Ute fan...Man arrested in domestic violence case.Sadly...a similar headline could be written daily.BTW...What's the point of adding Ex-BYU Football All-American to the headline?
People using a story about a family in distress as a springboard to criticize a
faith or an athletic program need to re-examine their personal values.
I will never be able to top enthusiastic following that Utah fans have for BYU.
Why so much attention for mid-major team that is soon going to drop football
program (according to Utah fans)? I never ever search Utah or any other
irrelevant team on internet to comment on every article. I frequently search BYU
articles on internet and every single article is infested by Utah fans. To me it
looks like BYU comes before Utah for Utah fans. Thank you for all the attention
and keeping us relevant. Getting back to article so Utah fans are saying
they never had an athelete that committed a crime?oh irony. Utah fans need need
to take less iron in their food so they don't look so ironic. Thank you for
the pure entertainment.
Yes, it must be the demons. I am sure the judge assigned this case will allow
him to use 'the devil made me do it' as his defense. He might
actually be the victim, how do you know? Then I guess his wife can use the
This article sobered me up to the frailties and foibles of us all. Pray that
this man and his family find peace. Let he who is sinless cast the first stone.
I apologize for my posts of criticism in the past.Go UTES.
@JSBMore character and positive life-long lessons have been taught through
playing football, and other structured activities, than not. Surely you
don't think that sports hasn't kept some Sugar Salem Diggers out of
trouble. I'll tell you first-hand that it has. People still have their
right to make bad choices, despite being taught correct principles.
I've found that making snarky comments over things like this doesn't
make me feel any better about my life or myself. Lets be real; we have to look
at the recent incidences of CTE and problems former players face due to minor
concussive incidents and theres a very good chance that this guy is suffering a
lot more than anger issues. I pray it's not that and if not, good luck to
him in turning things around. As a Ute fan I truly respected this guys game. I
feel for his family and what they are going through and anyone who has been
through this kind of family disfunction knows that it isn't a situation to
be wished upon anyone or an occasion to leap to the keyboard and vent spleen.
Prayers go out for Gordon, his wife, and family. Hope he can work through his
problems. We all need love and support don't we?
There but for the grace of God goes any former star athlete, from any college.
We each have our own demons to battle. For some, their demon is to try and
escape their "peanut gallery" judgmental attitude. Age and hardship will
help them to do so. It has done so for me.
If an ex-Ute was arrested, would we even know about it?
The title of the article makes it venom for anyone contrary against BYU and the
Church in-turn. This man has problems and needs help . His wife and family
especially needs help. The world is full of challenges. Yellow press should be
reviewed in how articles are written and published. This is not about the blue
and white, it is about a troubled man who has fallen into jail by his actions,
not BYU's actions from over 30 years ago. A lot of water has gone under
his bridge since then.Compassion is what his family needs from
friends, neighbors and family. Readers should not be put into a position to
have a collegiate or religious comment board for his actions.
Many of us are flawed and imperfect. We do our best to live standards that the
world mocks. I find those that try and fail in need of support and compassion
more than they need a jeering mob. He that is without sin might want to hold
off on the rock throwing until they understand the trials and tribulations of
another's life. I highly recommend "The fool's prayer" to
some of the judgmental on this comment page. It's a short poem you can
find on line.
Sad story. Substance addictions never make for a quality life.
Pretty sad comments here. And I'm NO cougar fan. People, ALL people, have
This is very sad.
Just another wonderful example of how playing football is a great
This is very unfortunate. Too bad some don't see him as a human with human
challenges. Hope Hudson and his family can get their lives back in order.
Uh-Oh, Ain't lookin good.