BYU women's basketball: Keilani Unga works her way back for senior season after life-changing event

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  • Ashlyn Goodwin Payson, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    These two people are some of the most AMAZING people i have ever met. They knew what they did was wrong, and instead of quickly eloping... they took full responsibility. Nobody in this world has gone without sinning, so why should anyone be able to judge them? They are good people, i just love them. Im so happy that Harvey got drafted to the Chicago Bears, he is basically a LEGEND already. Keilani is already one of my hero's. They both are, and she will go down as a LEGEND as well. I was very blessed to meet these people and wish them the best. Im so proud of them for coming out and sharing their story. Showing that it is possible to get through things that at the moment seem like the end of the world. Because boy do i have those days. They are amazing, i love them both, and i just want to thank them for everythin!!!

  • real old school South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    Wow. Awesome perseverance! Best of luck to the Unga family! No regrets!

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    Dear hmataele you simply do not know what you are talking about. If a student does not want to comply with the requirements to return to BYU then that is their problem. It has absolutely nothing to do with forgiveness. I agree with others who explained that you cannot simply say, sorry, and move on as if nothing happened. There are consequences in life and my experience is far too many young people think they should not have to suffer the consequences after their actions. That is not life.

    Go see the movie, "Parental Guidance" and this is the philosophy of the parents in this film; "Kids shouldn't suffer consequences and everyone gets a trophy simply because they were part of the team."

    WE had students who committed serious violations and were expelled. Every student who followed the standards set to come back to the school returned. Others wanted to slide by on one or more requirements and felt we were unjust by not readmitting them.
    You should join the real world, because that is the world we are in. The truth is not always comfortable, but it is always the truth.

  • JParkerfan St. George, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    Great story!!! Very inspirational to read stories about athletes that are held to a "high standard", mess up, and then take a bad situation and come out much better people. (Brandon Davies)
    BYU haters need to relax because if there is any place that a person can find acceptance and forgiveness, it is there.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 18, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Great story about great people it sounds like to me. I wish Harvey could have had a senior season too. I am thrilled she is finishing here career, degree, and seems like an awesome person.

    Please don't harp on BYU for its' standards. There is a standard - when the standard is not met, there are consequences. It is not hard core or harsh, that is just the way it is when tithing money is paying for 2/3's of your tuition. If you don't like it or think it is too harsh, don't attend BYU.

    I had a friend who decided to party and get liquored up one semester and got booted. She reapplied and was back the next fall. NOt an athlete, just a regular student. It is a 'regular' occurence.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    This story really choked me up, something that seldom happens when I read about the Cougars.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 18, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    re:hmataele Don't throw BYU under the bus. Forgiveness isn't "looking the other way" which is what may have you confused. Too many people want "forgiveness" without accepting personal responsibility.

    Keilani should be commended for being responsible for her choice and accepting the consequences. She will be fine and a better person. Those who feel entitled to second chances don't understand what reality is or how their choices hurt others.

    BYU is a very forgiving school for those who truly become accountable for their personal choices.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    Wonderful story. The gospel is about second chances. I'm so proud of these two!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Nice story.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:11 p.m.

    Keilani and Harvey are two of the most loving and gracious people I've ever met. It's nice to see Keilani be able to return for her senior year of basketball at BYU. Good luck to both of you.

  • hmataele West Valley City, 00
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    Inspirational article on Keilani. I believe in second chances, but especially in forgiveness and perserverance. I'm glad she was able to find that at BYU which sometimes isn't known for being forgiving at times.