High school football: Bingham's Viliseni Fauonuku suspended two games

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  • MeToo South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 30, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    re: woodman123
    How do you know that the coach didn't ask him about it? How do you know that what he found out didn't deserve a suspension? What do you want the coach to do become a private eye in his off hours. He has got around 90 other kids and a football team to coach. I really don't believe that the coach cared which two games the suspension was for. It just doesn't matter.

  • Ligers Hurricane, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    Who knows what really went on. Yea he had a gun, and he pointed at people. The court will take care of the issue. I don't know what to think about playing football or not. I just hope the best for him

  • woodman123 Kaysville, utah
    Sept. 29, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    JintheCouv, how wrong can you be??? Don’t punish/suspend this kid until he is found guilty in court? Wrong — just plain wrong.

    The coach has a duty to sit the kid down and ask him directly about his actions. If he thinks he is lying, ask other witnesses. This should have been done as soon as the incident was known to the coach which I suspect was within days of it happening. Based upon the Coach’s findings a punishment should have been given. If the incident happened as reported in the paper, he should have been suspended for the season.

    I do agree with your last point. If suspended for the season, the Coach should encourage him to stay involved in the program. If the kid wants a second chance let him earn it — but that chance would have to come if Whittingham or any other College coach were to offer it.

    Suspending him for two easy games in the middle of the season makes it look like the Coach is trying to sweep this under the rug which I suspect is exactly what is going on. Perhaps the UHSAA should get involved!

  • Dave from Taylorsville Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 28, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    Chris B. and the other Ute Trolls in here. . . trash talk is one thing, but quit baiting people with outlandish statements.

    Yankee Doodle- I made mistake when I was a teenager. I got drunk on a camping trip with some friends (first and last time for that), got caught TPing a friends house, and I took some sodas from a broken vending machine.

    However, I have never been involved in armed robbery. I have never stolen something from someone face-to-face, much less their money and ID (and what ever else was in the wallets). To point a gun at someone as a lark or "in jest" is STUPID. To point a gun at someone and rob them, that's CRIMINAL!

    If the young man is found guilty, he should AT LEAST be on a heavy probationary program - no high school football - and, after a lot of counciling and rehabilitative work, be allowed to enter college and let them decide if he's to play football at that point.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Sept. 28, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    The seriousness of the charges go well beyond the discipinary discretion of the Principal and Coach. If the UHSAA does not step in and issue which should be an indefinite suspension until further inquiry into the matter then they have underscored the seriousness. A two game suspension would be practical in a simple cas of something of the nature of a simple assault...say as to a case of fisticuffs between students after classes. But the article clearly indicates that a potential life killing weapon was used. This goes well beyond the scope of a mere principal and a coach

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 28, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    The kid should be suspended for the whole season. No ifs ands or buts. If I was a University, I'd not touch him with a 10 foot pole. He's going to be lucky not to go to jail. So much for his college football career. Maybe a D2 school after jail, eh? Hearing that he's a good kid but just made a mistake doesn't cut it.

    Peck needs to have the guts to suspend him.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Sept. 28, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    Wow, two game suspension... and we wonder why athletes tend to think of themselves as entitled above-the-law types...

  • Kramer Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    I wonder what the kids who were held at gunpoint would want. Holding innocent victims at gunpoint is serious. Missing games against Kearns and Copperhills is a joke. If Coach Peck knew before the season started that this crime had happened why didn't he act then instead of waiting until half way through the season. I don't care what anyone says this was poor judgement by the coach and he should be severly reprimanded or even fired. Poor poor judgement coach Peck.

  • JintheCouv Vancouver, WA
    Sept. 27, 2010 5:32 p.m.

    I'm a proud graduate of both Bingham High School and BYU. As both, I see a number of big problems here.

    1. I would NEVER support a suspension based on an accusation. Nobody should get suspended until the truth is ascertained. No way BHS should suspend him just because he's arrested. Not until they know everything.

    2. I would NEVER support a suspension for committing a crime until the courts have ruled.

    3. I would definitely support a suspension by the school or coach based on a violation of team rules or code of conduct -- once the truth is known. But it should happen AS SOON AS the truth is known (not timed for the easiest games of the year).

    4. If there is a suspension for commission of a crime or violation of team rules, it should come with a caveat that the kid stay involved in the school and in the athletic program (football, in this case) in order to be reinstated. That way, you get the "football helps him with life" thing.

    5. Chris B is a typical Ute fan -- every talented felon is welcome!!

  • sun devil Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    Typical Bingham response. Win first, everything else second.

  • Daga Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 4:00 p.m.

    The coach and administration failed this player. He should have been suspended for the year. Winning does not make it ok to break the law. This has tarnished high school football and the student athlete. The Jordan District should take this serious and look into this.

  • satch Lehi, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    There are many parts of this story that demonstrate where we are as a society. As a current coach in a high school these are my thoughts:

    Firstly, if this was my son, I would be disappointed in him, and that would be the end of football period.

    Secondly, school sports and activities are a privilege and armed robbery should definitely be a reason for suspension. If the young man wanted to play football he should have thought through his actions. And I agree with many former posts, that the coach should have suspended him UNTIL this issue was resolved.

    Football or not, it didn't help the kid before he made a poor choice and I doubt it is making any difference currently. If football is the only reason the kid stays out of trouble, he is in trouble for the future.

    Lastly, Armed Robbery is VERY SERIOUS. There is no way to sugar coat it. This is serious issue. If one of those five boys he robbed were my kids, I want this guy not only off the football team but in JAIL to think about his contributions to society.

  • jagfam Kearns, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    We can all express our thought and feeling here but what good is it going to do? What we really need to do is express our concerns and feeling to Jordan School District and Utah High School Sports Association get them involved. This is a serious crime and I know as a parent of young kids this really concerns me.
    If I understand right players getting in to a fight on the field get suspended for 2 games or when coaches
    What are we teaching our children if we think this is ok and it was just a mistake. A mistake is cutting class, or getting into a fight but not pulling a gun on other people.

  • OLD_BLUE South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    re: HSFAN
    What's wrong with BT1984 defending them? It's too bad our Judicial system takes so long to get anything resolved. With this happening earlier this spring it should have all been overwith by now. It sure is funny how everyone keeps bringing up the timing of the suspensions. You would think that the whole team is going to collapse without one player. The outcome will be the same this year with or without him.

  • HSFAN Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    As far as the player, I really hope Seni turns this around. I don't know him personally, but I understand he has had it tough. I wish him the best and hope he is able to put this behind him, which includes the punishment that comes.

    Maybe he does deserve a second chance, after he has made restitution. As far as playing in college, I am sure Kyle W will evaluate the entire situation. Hopefully it turns out well for Seni.

  • HSFAN Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    I love BT1984. Dude, you look foolish. You defend the actions of ANY Bingham player or coach no matter what. Stop with the excuses. Grow up!!!

    How would you have handled it? Can't think for yourself huh? Let me guess... you would have handled it.... ummm.....ummmm.....ummmm.... oh yeah.... exactly how the Bingham coaches and administration did. That was perfect. He is innocent... blah blah blah. He hasn't been found guilty yet? Are you serious? No, not in court. I know you Bingham apologists kept going to the code of ethics and how it states... 'until he is convicted the coaches will not suspend him. Now that Peck has suspended him, you are OK. Can't have it both ways. Either go by the letter of the law when it comes to the 'code' or not. Which way is it?

    Perfect timing, not to have him, not for the playoffs or Riverton, not for Alta and Viewmont, but Kearns and CH. Nice!

    Oh and the comments are not 'judges' they are people expressing opinions, you know kind of like your opinion that Bingham can do no wrong. Get out there are recruit my man.

  • HUNTER HIGH HOMER West Valley City, Utah
    Sept. 27, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    @ onewhowatches

    To answer your question . . . last year the basketball coach at Hunter High School had some misdemeanor assault charges filed against him, and he was asked to take a leave of absence from coaching and teaching until the charges were dropped, or until the trial was over. He was not allowed on school grounds until all was settled. So does that answer your question?

    and to all those who don't think this kid deserves to be punished i ask; what if he had held your kids at gun point and robbed them? would you still be saying "kids make mistakes"?

  • BT1984 West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 27, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    There seem to be plenty of judges on this board who've found Seni guilty and are ready to sentence not only him but Bingham High School in general.
    Would it suit you self-proclaimed judges if the Bingham football team were disbanded? No?
    Maybe it would satisfy you to see the entire Bingham coaching staff and administration were all fired? No?
    Ok, let's just shut down the school. One student has been charged with a crime so the whole place is rotten. Burn it to the ground and start from scratch.
    Maybe that would be enough for those of you who want to be judge and jury on this. It seems nothing else is.

  • onewhowatches West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    So what happens if a coach does this or even commits a lesser crime like a misdemeanor maybe a DUI or DWI that had nothing to do with the kids and wasnt even during football season? Should he/she be suspended for a few games instead of the whole season....or at all?

  • jasper99999 Eagle Mountain, ut
    Sept. 26, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    At least Coach Walker at Westlake has the guts to suspend players for 3 games for going to Lehi and displaying their creative arts abilities. Maybe if the Westlake players had pulled a gun rather than paint, the punishment wouldn't have been so harsh. Either way, all players represent their school and community and should have been suspended for the entire year. All players made the decision to be involved in what they did.

  • Tamaoleia Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 26, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    Obviously this is one of the more controversial subjects there is when it comes to sports and discipline.
    Personally, I think the leaders (coach and administrators) dropped the ball on this one. For those that are saying he's innocent until proven guilty, go and read the case file and statements where Seni practically admitted to being guilty so let's not pretend to be in Lala land here.
    Four players from Westlake were suspended for 3 games a piece for spray painting a rival school. For those who think holding people at gunpoint and stealing their wallets warrant a less punishment are crazy.
    The right thing would have been to suspend him indefinitely before the season and then work with Seni, his family and courts to get a ruling ASAP and then work on an action plan to get his life back in order. By now, it would have passed over and he might have been cleared to play already.
    If the U pulls their offer, JC is an option where he could really show how sorry he is and earn societies trust back in him (which I know he can do)!

  • woodman123 Kaysville, utah
    Sept. 26, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    I don't know this kid and most of you don't either. How can you judge if he is “a good kid” or a “bad kid”. You don't know his moral character. At issue is his “mistake”, or whatever you want to term it — his actions at the party. The courts will decide his fate off the football field and yes he's innocent until proven guilty. That's why he is walking the halls of Bingham. However, “being innocent until proven guilty” in court is a different issue than the moral obligation that Bingham Coach and Principal have in molding the character of Seni. In this they failed miserably. What's wrong with sitting the kid down and asking him about his actions. What were the circumstances? If Coach Peck (not the court) determined he did as accused, he should be suspended for the season. This should have been done when Coach Peck knew about the incident -- well before the season started. Doing this wouldn't have destroyed Seni's football career — it might have saved it! Now, he is being taught that winning is everything, your actions do not bring consequences. Not good life lessons.

  • -Really?- West Point, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2010 6:45 p.m.

    haha it's funny that you guys call this a mistake. Like he didn't mean to point the gun at the five other kids to rob them. imagine if one of those kids were yours. you all would want whoever was putting your childs life in danger like that to be put behind bars. mistake? hahahahaha good one i was a teenager before and made mistakes too. but not one time did my mistake involve a gun pointing it at five others robbing them. Syracuse had a problem with kids breaking into a golf store and they got a harsher punishment than this kid is getting.

  • johnny pigskin Sandy, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    Why has the other kid involved already pleaded guilty and been given 3 years probation? And this kid hasn't? Because he is a minor? I am just curious!

  • cvguy Lehi, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    The coach and principal seem to have a 'win at all costs' attitude. Why wait until the story hits the media to suspend him. If they feel he did something worthy of suspension it should have been the first two games, if they feel he should not be suspended then don't suspend him after the story hits the media. Another issue is the judgment of the coach and principal, which one of them thought they should not suspend a kid with felony charges. As long as you win football games I guess, go Bingham!

  • fan29 Orem, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    The coach say's this is a good kid, give me a break. Any one who robs someone at gunpoint isn't a good kid!! I don't know this young man, but a message needs to be sent to him and he should be suspended for the remainder of the season. For the school district, the high school and the coach not taking action tell it shows up in the media is terrible. A investigation should be conducted ASAP and action should be taken against all of the above.

  • Hogg South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    I find the fact that Seni is still a part of the Bingham football team totally appalling. To say the least walking around the halls of Bingham with my children is horrific.

  • Jdubb South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    The Honor Code was breached - Coach Peck needs to stand by his own code without exceptions. This totally is an oxymoron.
    What are all of you thinking, it is a privilege to play Football and other players have been suspended for less and didn't have to wait to see what a Judge said.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    The State Penitentiary at point of the mountain is full of "studs"

  • IDblue&white Rigby, ID
    Sept. 25, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    The social commentary fodder here is truly fascinating. Duckhunter's analysis of a "mistake" is important to keep in mind, whether you feel our 17 yr. old should be booted (to teach him the seriousness of his crime) or not (for his opp. to get more mentoring and help). There's clearly some sensible middle-ground where we can agree that criminal behavior is still "criminal," but not proverbially "throw away the key" on people. It is all too easy to err on one side or the other.

  • Football881 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    I guess your guilty until proven innocent??? Forget about what this country stands for. All you people are right no one has ever been accused of a crime they didnt commit.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    Chris B | 10:19 p.m. Sept. 24, 2010
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Hey - if the kid can play, we welcome U!
    Hey Chris B --don't speak 0n behalf of the Utah alum as a " we.. like in we welcome U ". Speak for yourself.
    I think that you are a real poor example of a college football fan. You write some really senseless and ugly stuff Chris, not the image that the U wants.
    " WE welcome U " ?
    Nonsense.. The University of Utah has their rules and coach Kyle isn't afraid to dish out discipline to a student athlete that violates those rules. Every college team has them in order to maintain discipline and maturity.
    Chris B is way off base .. It is a big deal..Chris B wasn't held at gunpoint by a 300 pound mad Polynesian.
    Let the punishment fit the crime.

  • I'm a lover not a hater South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    @hs sports dude: different situation, with different coaches. Cocah Peck doesn't have anything to do with the baseball team, so that comment has no relevance.

  • Proud to be American West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    To those who defend Coach Peck's decision.... I don't like the double standard you are exhibiting. Let me explain. Many of you are saying that he should not be kicked off the team until it plays out in court. You are saying "let the judge decide if he is guilty". And when someone says that he should be kicked off the team, you come back with the "let's see if he is guilty first" argument.

    So why is the kid suspended for two games then? By suspending him, the coach and principal are acknowledging that he is guilty, and they are slapping him on the hand with a 2 game suspension against two of the worst teams in Utah.

    The kid committed a felony, and he should be in jail! I don't buy the whole argument "is this what is best for this kid"... he is a felon and should be punished accordingly. That choice was taken away when he held the gun and robbed kids at gunpoint.

    "Maybe football is all this kid really has"... what a stupid argument. He is a FELON!

  • Clear Thinker Draper, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    Chris B you can't be serious. If this were a kid playing at any other school you would be spouting off about how pathetic the school would be to take him. With that said this must speak volumes about the U. In the end, the kid needs to go through the process and perhaps get counseling. Football is secondary when it comes to these issues.

  • Playa Hata Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    Being a football coach I find it laughable that BHS people think he has to play football to become a better person. Removing him from football would have been the right thing to do to help this kid. It would teach him much more and in no way would it jeopardize his future in football. It would certainly teach accountability and consequences.

  • Info Man South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 8:25 a.m.

    Maybe Peck should kick him off the team........and Utah should pass on him. Is that what is best for this kid...... and society? Maybe football is all this kid really has. Take it all away and then what? I don't know.
    I do know one thing He's 17 and just starting his life. He better make smarter decisions in the future because life can be very long.
    We can all make our comments and judgement of this situation from the comfort of our couches and the safety of being anonymous. This is not a black and white decision and we don't have all the facts.

  • Mickey Houston, TX
    Sept. 25, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    I don't think the head coach acted in the best interest of the kid. When you make a mistake there are consequences, you don't sweep it under the rug. What does that teach the kid? Then you wonder why we have so many prima dona pro-athletes. When I was in high school, several of the football players were involved in a fight off campus. The ones most involved were immediately kicked off the team and THEY WERE ALL STARTERS! The ones that were minorly involved were suspended for at least 3 games. My coach made the right decision.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Ouch ! Copper Hills now here is a game in question with out Viliseni, not. The game that might have a spec of a chance is the Riverton game, not.

    Really this news of a suspension has no significance to any Bingham out come. So why the hype of a non story?

    I guess to demonstrate how ridged and hard the coach can be when critical games are on the line. Please, with this recruited all star team no body has a chance against there 2nd string let alone the starters.

    "POLY" Cougar Nation

  • Chad S Derby, KS
    Sept. 25, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    @ChrisB, would that be your opinion if he were a BYU recruit?

    How is this kid not in jail? Bail?

  • HS Sport Dude South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 2:35 a.m.

    hey Bingham....so if the Anderson kid from last year that was kicked off the baseball team for drinking a beer would have held people at gunpoint instead....he would have received a two games suspension.

    He was booted off the team. Where is the consistency.

  • Playa Hata Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 25, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    Its a good thing they have Copper Hills and West Jordan coming up. We wouldn't want him to miss any important games. Boy does this look bad for BHS coaches. It wouldn't have made sense to suspend him prior to this coming out would it? If you need an example of how to handle player issues see Urban Meyer and Marty Johnson.

  • BT1984 West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    Bingham beating or not beating Alta isn't the issue here. The bigger issue is that Coach Peck is trying to help Seni get his life straightened out. None of you know the whole story but that's not stopping you from passing judgement is it?
    I don't know the whole story either but it seems Seni messed up in a huge way. I know it sounds trite but from what I see, it looks like he's trying to get on the right track and Bingham football is a major part of that.
    If he's found guilty, which hasn't happened yet, the court can decide what his punishment should be. The rest of us can have opinions but none of you nor I are qualified to judge Seni Fauonuku.
    Those of you who want to do so can sit on your high horses. I'll back Coach Peck in trying to keep a young man's life from going down the drain. 100%.

  • winner South Jordan, utah
    Sept. 24, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    Hey Duh, I'm glad your not a Coach! Coaches should be all about football and nothing about life, right? Kick every kid off your team that makes a mistake and put them on the street. You have to treat players with respect and teach them respect, help them along the way. Seni made a mistake and it will be taken care of, by a Judge. Your not a judge and I'm embarrassed to say I am a Bingham graduate, if you are. Glad your perfect.

  • winner South Jordan, utah
    Sept. 24, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I'm reading your comments on a situation, that not one of you have a clue about. Seni made a mistake and is going to pay for it, for a long time. The suspension of the 2 games, have nothing to do with what he is facing in court. So don't throw Seni under the bus and if you knew the Coaching staff at Bingham, you would love to play there or have your boy play in that program. The Coaches can not accuse Seni of something that has not been proven. That would be slander and a huge law suit and all hear say at this point. I know Coach Peck and if the Judge finds Seni guilty, he will then take action of this issue. I hope you would not throw stones and say you have never made a mistake. Give the kid a chance and pray for him and hope that things work out. Were all innocent, until proven guilty. We do not know the facts, all we know is what was in the paper and hear say. Keep an open mind and wish Seni the best.

  • UT Sports South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    I am all for giving people another chance when they make mistakes, but this isn't just any mistake. It is one thing to have stolen a candy bar from a gas station, but it is completely different when you hold five teenagers at gun point. For as long as i have been hearing about coach Peck i have had the utmost respect for him but because of this lack of disciplinary action on this i have lost some of that for him. Seni may have been under peer pressure when he did that but nevertheless he still made the mistake and he hasn't been disciplined or learned his lesson at all. I think he should have been suspended for the season, been to court and learned his lesson the hard way. This two game suspension will teach him nothing other than that if you have power or talent that you always end up with less punishment than the normal person.. I hope that he gets things figured out, its sad that his situation puts a black eye on the whole Bingham community....

  • yankee doodle Layton, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    that is really sad news, Seni is a good kid but sometimes teenagers make stupid mistakes. Any of you commenting over the age of 17? If so try to tell us you've never made some stupid mistakes when you were a kid, remember what peer pressure was all about? I'm not saying robbery is no big deal but I also don't agree with just giving up on someone cuz they make a mistake. Bingham has enough big time DLine players that he wasn't overlooking the law just to have him play. And yes Alta would have still lost

  • UtahMD Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    I agree. This is not only inadequate punishment, but it is a terrible message to send to the boy, his family, younger siblings, fellow athletes, and the entire student body. Shame on the coach, the principal, and the boy's mom for not stepping up and doing what is right. I hope the School District or Utah Education Association gets involved.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Sept. 24, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    @Chris B and....."All high school kids make mistakes. No big deal here" Oh, he's a U of U recruit so, it makes it OK right Chris?? He's accused of holding five teens at gunpoint and stealing two wallets at a party in a garage of a West Jordan home. Yeah, all high school kids make this mistake all the time right? He needs to be suspended for the season. No excuses but because he has talent, his coach will do anything to keep him on the team. If this were a kid who was not popular, athletic or rich, he would be doing his time already. I am a Bingham graduate, and what a black eye for our school.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    Hey - if the kid can play, we welcome U!

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    I am appalled. While I am a huge believer in 2nd chances, there is an obvious double-standard here, and Chris B. you are leading the way.

    No big deal? Are you kidding me? Robbery at gunpoint is a huge deal. What causes me to question the suspension the most is the two games are not enforced until after the story hits the paper. Then suddenly its the media's fault?

    The media is suppose to report crimes and when it involves a high school football player, I don't want it to be covered up.

    Shame on you, Chris B.

  • Uncle Sam West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    No big deal? Are you people serious? He held people up at gunpoint, a FELONY, and you say it is no big deal?

    Bingham responds with a two game suspension. Wow. That is a complete joke!

  • Ligers Hurricane, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    What is wrong with these kids? Yea he is a stud but I guess he needs a adult around at all times. Go take out whatever is going on in your life on the field. Don't be stupid and throw it all away.

  • timpview football Orem, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    jna, trust me if u had someone like seni playing for u, u would also want him to recieve the less possible punishment he can get because he is a STUD. i also know him vey well and he is a very good person, he just sometimes makes foolish decisions. oh and sorry jna, even if seni was out of the alta game, it would have been the SAME RESULT.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    Chris B: would say, robbery w/ a gun (even if just a pellet gun) is a little more than "kids just being kids."

    With that said, don't have an opinion on the suspension and do wish the kid the best and that he's able to stay on the right track.

  • statman9 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    I'm with you Chris B, everybody makes mistakes, I agree that there should be no big deal here.

  • cvguy Lehi, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    So what he did was not worthy of a suspension until the judicial process played out. The story makes the paper and then the Coach and Principal decide it is worthy of a suspension. I question the leadership, if you made a good decision stick by it. Don't waffle just because the story was made public.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    Wow! A whole two games for a robbery at gunpoint. If he shot someone, would he get a 4 game suspension? Wow Coach, great message to send those kids, I applaud you! And the whole "he's using football as a way to turn his life around" is just plain stupid, oh and why wasn't he suspended for the Alta game hmmmm?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    All high school kids make mistakes. No big deal here.

  • Big B Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    Kind of hard to figure the reasoning. He shouldn't be suspended until the process plays out, unless it shows up in the paper, then he's guilty enough for a two game suspension, but we'll see after that.

    I hope Peck can use football to help this guy sort his life out. That can happen sometimes but you have to carefully balance proper accountability with opportunity.

  • Older Reader Tooele, UT
    Sept. 24, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    He's only a minority kid and he did not shoot anyone. Football is obviously more important than a felony charge. Watch them plead this down to a misdemeanor and probation when he should be learning a lesson in the slammer!