Ex-BYU football All-American Gordon Hudson arrested in domestic violence case

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  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    June 15, 2014 7:40 a.m.

    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.

  • Utexmom Flower Mound, TX
    June 14, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    Oh, that we could all have our weaknesses printed in an article in the Deseret News.

    June 14, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    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.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    June 14, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    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.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    June 13, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    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.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    June 13, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    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.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    June 13, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    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.


    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.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 13, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    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.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 13, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    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?

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:32 p.m.


    "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.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    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.

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    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!

  • JKL51 Phoenix, AZ
    June 13, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    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…

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    June 13, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    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.

  • Unbiased1979 dallas, TX
    June 13, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 13, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 13, 2014 10:57 a.m.

    @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.

  • Missouri loves BYU Lebanon, MO
    June 13, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    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.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 13, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    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.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 13, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    From a Ute fan...

    Man arrested in domestic violence case.

    Sadly...a similar headline could be written daily.


    What's the point of adding Ex-BYU Football All-American to the headline?

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    June 13, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    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.

  • utesgoingdownthehill Salt Lake City , UT
    June 13, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    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.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    June 13, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    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 demon defense.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    June 13, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    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.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    June 13, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    More 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.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 13, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    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.

    June 13, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    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?

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 13, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    If an ex-Ute was arrested, would we even know about it?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 13, 2014 6:33 a.m.

    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.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2014 12:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    June 13, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Sad story. Substance addictions never make for a quality life.

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    June 12, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    Pretty sad comments here. And I'm NO cougar fan. People, ALL people, have demons.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    June 12, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    This is very sad.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    June 12, 2014 10:37 p.m.

    Just another wonderful example of how playing football is a great character-building experience.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    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.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    June 12, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    Uh-Oh, Ain't lookin good.

  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    June 12, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    oh no