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Published: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:25 p.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT

Such a non issue. So the man had a beer! Who cares? The government is more than happy to accept 18 year olds enlisting into the military and putting their lives on the line but heaven forbid they have an adult beverage. Don't beat yourself up over it Travis. More importantly, just stay healthy this season. Please.

Go Utes!

Gilbert, AZ


So by your definition, a crime is only a crime if you happen to agree with the law.

Is that really the message you want your team leader sending to the rest of his team?

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm a lifelong Ute and lifelong Mormon who agrees its a non-issue, and I thought it was a non-issue when Williams from BYU was caught doing the same. Its none of my business if either of those guys has a drink before different sets of rules state they should. They don't owe me or anyone else an apology and I wish fans of both sides would leave both of them alone on this issue.

Tomahawk Red
San Francisco, CA

Glad to see nothing was made of this.

Some might try and criticize the school and Wilson for getting only a slap on the wrist here, but it's not because Travis really deserves more punishment.

It was a very minor mistake... basically the same as if Travis would've been cited for speeding.

No further action was warranted.

Las Vegas, NV

Issue resolved. Let's move on.

This will be a break out year for Wilson!

Go Utes!!

Salt Lake City, UT

As long as Travis didn't drink and drive it's a lesser issue potentially. However, if alcohol consumption is followed by driving under the influence this may place many persons at risk for serious injury and/or death. Drinking alcohol is a very serious concern if it is not properly managed. As one who has a couple of alcoholics in the family, I have witnessed first hand the profound negative consequences that can occur. In the case of one family member, he started with just "a beer" and it grew into just a lot of beers and a serious addiction. After several DUI's, jail time and thousands of dollars in fines and other consequences, I can tell you having a beer is something that should be carefully cared about. That said, I hope Travis learned a valuable lesson and acts responsibly going forward. I wish him a successful season as the Utes Quarterback. Go Cougars!

Highland, UT

No it wasn't a "non issue" so don't try to pretend it was. But it was a minor issue and I'm sure whittingham addressed it appropriately. But trying to minimize it to the level of a speeding ticket makes a poster look clueless. it is actually a misdemeanor whereas a speeding ticket is an infraction so they are not the same thing at all. A speeding ticket is not a crime, underage possession and consumption are crimes.

So if you want to say it was "minor" I'll agree, if you want to claim it is "non issue" then you are simply showing your crimson clouded assessment of it.

Magna, UT

RedThunder, Life long Ute

Actually it is an issue because the media is making it so. Wilson made a choice to drink a beer at a concert knowing full well he was under age and breaking the law. He also knows full well he is a celebrity and therefore held to a higher standard by default. Travis handled it well with the media and professionally with KW - internally.

In the end, Just like Jamaal Williams, Travis is a much better person for owning up to the choice he made and he learned in a public way that choices have consequences.

For me, it's not the beer or the law but rather the choice and the accountability. Go Travis! Go Jamaal!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Very, very Minor, take from some one who knows; . . . a Bingham Miner!

Such a non-issue. At least in 49 states.

South Jordan, UT

Lifelong Ute and lifelong Mormon: The difference is the BYU Honor Code which Williams willingly signed and pledged to abide by. It called, "holding someone accountable" in case you don't know. This will build character in this young man, and he has expressed as much. The Utes are not held to the same high standard, so it is no big deal for the Wilson incident. 'Nuff said!

Ogden, UT


I never said it wasn't a crime. I said it was a non issue. Should it be reported whenever a student athlete gets a speeding ticket or a parking citation? So please don't put words in my mouth.

Provo, UT

Let's just play some football

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT


In case you weren't aware, underage drinking is against the law. If you want to get all preachy about holding people accountable, then people can actually be held accountable even for things they didn't sign up for - like the law. Travis broke the law even if he didn't sign anything saying he was going to obey the law. But its a given at most colleges that the rules include not breaking the law.

In both Williams and Travis case, the law breaking was over something insignificant. So no harm done either one. The fact that Williams said "I wont break the byu law" doenst change anything - unless you're suggesting people hold be held accountable to laws they've promised and signed to obey.

In which case - I can break any law I want since I've never signed anything saying I wont break the law? Good try buddy.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

And like I said, I don't like byu fans getting after Travis. And I likewise didn't like the many utan fans getting after Williams.

I have no reason or justification to demand Williams be punished, and neither did any other Utah fan that brought it up. And I don't here for TRavis either.

I wish Utes had acted differently when it happened to Williams and I wish cougars acted differently now.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

The real crime here is that he was at a Tim McGraw concert. Shame on you Travis.

West Point , UT

I think both Wilson & Williams owned up to the mistakes they made and showed great maturity and class given the situation. I hope both learned something from it. I agree with some others that we as fans need to back off and look at the big picture. Both of these guys are good football players but also good upstanding men as well. Like Wilson said, it wasn't like him to do what he did. He owned it, showed remorse, and will move forward. I suggest fans do the same.

West Jordan, Utah

@Lifelong Ute


@BYU Alum

A big boo from where I sit in the comment section. What I am reading from you falls in that category (grey area) where some people (me here) get real turned off from what sounds pretty uppity.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Re: BYUalum

Read the Williams article. His undearage drinking was one the issues. It said there was another issue, which we don't know.
Maybe the other issue is why he got suspended.

Highland, UT

I do like how travis owned up to it. I don't like the word "mistake" in a case like this, it wasn't a mistake, it was a choice but I realize that is splitting hairs. The fact is he owned up to it and say's he'll never do it again and that is good enough for me. Unless there is some punishment coming that will need to be reported this should probably be the last thing we need to read on it.

West Valley City, UT

I'm pretty sure Travis wasn't the only minor that was drinking at the concert...hmmm

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