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BYU Holds Firm in Suspension of Davies – Why Can’t the NFL and NBA do the Same?

Readers,

Many of you have probably already heard that BYU basketball player Brandon Davies has been suspended from the team for breaking the University’s honor code.  Here’s a statement from the team’s coach, Dave Rose.

“Everybody who comes to BYU, every student if they’re an athlete or not an athlete, they make a commitment when they come,” BYU Coach Dave Rose said, adding that he thought Davies would play again for the team. “A lot of people try to judge if this is right or wrong, but it’s a commitment they make. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about commitment.”

How refreshing to see a University holding their athletes to the commitments they make, even when the Univerity itself has a lot to lose by suspending Davies.  They were ranked 3rd in the nation and could easily have been a number one seed going into the NCAA tourney.  If the team had made it to the finals it would mean many thousands of dollars for the University plus prominent display throughout the Nation.

Can you imagine if we had a no tolerance policy similar to that for professional athletics?  Of course the players union probably wouldn’t go for that, but my question would be – why not?  These players are given a great opportunity, which for a majority of them, ends up being more than they’re ready to handle.  If the league put some parameters in place to protect these players, from others and from themselves, everyone would benefit.

According to Sports Illustrated, 78% of NFL players are bankrupt or in financial distress within 2 years of retiring.  NBA players last a little longer. An estimated 60% of NBA players are broke within 5 years of retiring.  While some of this can definitely be attributed to poor investing decisions, much of it is related to poor life decisions.  Divorce runs rampant and is one of the most costly issues, followed closely by having numerous children.  These players spend and many times party beyond their means.

Imagine if the NFL had a no-tolerance rule for public intox, DUIs, and carrying fire-arms.  Yes, we’d lose star players such as Plaxico Burress (weapons), Marshawn Lynch (weapons), Adam Pacman Jones (weapons), Ronnie Brown (DUI), Mike Williams of Tampa Bay (DUI), Michael Bush (DUI), and on and on… But how many great talents would be influenced positively by such a rule?

I know, hopes and dreams, but it’ll never happen.  There’s too much money involved to protect players and the public in this way.  That and what 21-year-old newly made millionaire wants to be told he can’t do certain things?

~ The Hatter

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About The Mad Hatter

A little random, oftentimes heady, totally looking for purpose. I'm moved by topics across the board, sometimes focusing on reading classic literature or more recent philosophy; sometimes given to less productive impulses. In order to stay active, I've also just joined the Yahoo Contributor Network.

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