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Brandon Davies: BYU basketball player suspended for having sex with girlfriend highlights honor code

byu030511_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Reno Mahe understands how Brandon Davies feels.

Mahe, a star football player at BYU 13 years ago, said he didn't take the Mormon school's strict honor code seriously.

Davies, a 6-foot-9 center for Mormon college Brigham Young University (BYU), violated the school’s honor code banning sex before marriage.

The BYU honor code stipulates that students must "be honest, live a chaste and virtuous life…use clean language" and abstain from alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee and drugs. It also bars gambling, use of pornography and homosexual behavior, though "feelings or attraction" are allowed.

Davies was suspended this past Tuesday for having sex with his girlfriend.

Mahe said, "A girl I was dating at the time, my girlfriend at the time, was pregnant."

He was kicked off the football team for having pre-marital sex.

Mail Online reports Davies, averaging 11.1 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game this season, was playing for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints school. The team, ranked third nationwide before its shock 82-64 loss on Wednesday to unranked New Mexico, will now be without Davies for at least the rest of the season.

The school’s code also obliges students to be honest and regularly attend church.

Davies’ coach Dave Rose said that all students who attend BYU make a commitment to follow the rules of the college.

ABC News reports that after his dismissal from the school, Mahe went to play football for a junior college for a year and reapplied to BYU, this time with full reverence for the rules. He was readmitted and drafted to the NFL before he could finish his degree. He played five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

A year ago, the star running back for BYU's football team, Harvey Unga, had to withdraw from the school along with his girlfriend, a basketball player for the college's women's team, because they were having sex. The couple had been dating for three years and they later married.

BYU’s conduct code is recognized as one of the most stringent in the nation. Spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told the Salt Lake Tribune that in the past decade, the university’s Honor Code Office had contact with between 1.5 percent and 3.5 percent of the student population, mostly for minor infractions involving clothing and grooming violations.

According to the 2010 National College Health Assessment, about 69 percent of 95,712 students surveyed at 139 schools said they had been sexually active in the past year.


Many schools consider athletes public ambassadors and hold them to stricter standards than the student body, said Marie Hardin, associate director of research at Penn State’s Center for Sports Journalism.

In a 2006 study of Big 10 athletes, Hardin found that when student athletes do run afoul of school policies, they are subjected to “saturation” media coverage that skews public perception of their behavior. Her study found less than 1 percent of Big 10 athletes got in legal trouble, which is “much lower than people might think it is.”

 
Comments (10)
10 Monday, 07 March 2011 01:07
jimf
Anyone who doesn't know that polygamy gets you excommunicated from the Mormon Church should not be commenting on the Church's position on keeping commitments. What critics see as archaic and onerous rules, the Church sees as a code of honor and behavior that contains Commandments as well. They can hardly take violations lightly. Repentance and forgiveness are also valued and practiced in the Morman Church, as are support for suffering members.. This young man can find his way back a better person for it.
9 Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:06
sarah Holt
We do not believe in Polygomy that was outlawed 100 years ago or so. Its a personal choice to be a member of the church and abide by its standards. I think it makes me a better person than I would otherwise be. He made a mistake and he has been honest and willing to rectify it.
8 Sunday, 06 March 2011 12:19
jmk
Well said "He did agree"... he knew the rules of basketball before entering the court. And of course he knew the rules of playing for BYU. I trust he will work on his honor code ethics and return a better man.
7 Sunday, 06 March 2011 00:00
mctx
Let's throw this into the mix:

"What a Lot of People Don't Know About the BYU Honor Code"
https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150108488369869&id=714482189
6 Saturday, 05 March 2011 20:20
Standards are Standards
Brandon...as does every student at BYU AGREES to live by the Code of Conduct. I don't know if Brandon is a member of the LDS church or not but I can say that I've known several members of the church who live by the standards unable to attend BYU because of grades, etc. So "ridiculous", I guess we should let an athlete there on scholarship to not abide by the rules. And your comment about "the order of heaven throughout the eternities is polygamy" shows your ignorance to what the LDS church believes in. Get your facts straight!
WOW
5 Saturday, 05 March 2011 18:56
Sody
Everyone I know would be kicked out..
4 Saturday, 05 March 2011 17:47
Cole Thompson
He did agree to abide by their standards, he could have chosen another school to play for.
3 Saturday, 05 March 2011 16:57
Rudy Brown
As a graduate of BYU let me say that agreeing to the honor code and living it has been a huge blessing in my life. People shouldn't be mocked for having high standards and trying to live them. I'm sure Brandon will work through this and be a better man for it.

Hope to see you next year Brandon!
2 Saturday, 05 March 2011 16:35
lou2
How absolutely ridiculous for a religion that totally thinks the order of heaven throughout the eternities is polygamy, to publicly humiliate a grown man for having consensual sex with a girlfriend! Dumb, dumb, dumb... get out of there Brandon before they ruin your life.
1 Saturday, 05 March 2011 12:19
jcg
these crazy ppl

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