The NCAA probe into former BYU guard Nick Emery receiving improper benefits as a student-athlete remains unresolved and no timetable for resolution appears evident.
Emery announced last Friday he was withdrawing from school, saying he could not fully give attention to basketball and his academic work while working on private and public issues.
There are three camps around all of this. In which fort do you reside?
One is to hope/support/give guidance as Emery navigates his troubles.
Another is to recognize and say, “Hey, this is his fault, he made bad decisions and he needs to own up, pay the penalties and move on. Let this run its course.”
A third camp is that Emery needs public accountability, that any and all twists and turns must be scrutinized and challenged because as a college athlete, he is a public figure, an eligible pinata.
You get to choose your path on this one.
Nobody should discount that Emery has serious issues and it will take serious work to fix them. But the divorce has clearly become a disruptive force, which is not uncommon in domestic disputes.
It's interesting that Nick Emery’s brother Jackson, BYU’s all-time steals leader and running mate of Jimmer Fredette, weighed in on Twitter during the weekend when there were questions about Nick Emery's motivations for quitting school and the team in mid-semester — that he wasn’t forthright enough, perhaps deceptive, that an honor code issue may be at hand.
This is Jackson Emery's tweet:
“I want to thank everyone for their support for Nick during this time. These past six-seven months have really been tough on him and you never plan on a divorce happening to any of your family members.
“But the goal is to come back more focused and stronger. Also, I want everyone to know that rumors can be very harmful and to be careful what is circulated.
“Nick made this decision himself and even though BYU cannot comment, I will. It has nothing to do with the honor code. In these decisions, all you can do is hold your head high and move forward.”
Jackson concluded, “There has been great support from all fan bases and we appreciate the class from everyone.”
So, what we see here is a back and forth.
Nick Emery’s issues were widely reported. He reacted and provided a statement. That statement was attacked. His brother reacted to the attack.
Meanwhile, the NCAA has still not offered a ruling or announced a penalty in connection with its referral.
That, apparently, doesn’t stop the exchange of paper bullets.
Is that good, bad or just sad?