Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday Brigham Flout

Its been quite the morning of discussions. Brandon Davies being suspended has been a morning topic. BYU basketball player Brandon Davies was suspended for violating the school's honor code. Whether you agree or disagree with the decision; some things have to be considered before you sound off.

1) He knew the rules: Yeah, I know, everybody just automaticly says ok to whatever to just get in or to just take the money. You cant hold that against a person. Granted there are a lot more things that we might consider far worse for a college-aged kid to get into; but when does our word mean anything? Yes, everyone makes mistakes and I am sure he is NOT the only one. Unfortunately he didnt work in politics or any huge fortune 500 company or financial institute being badly managed; he could have taken a mere slap on the wrist and probably some moral bail-out money and a season pass to some local strip club; not to mention, get to keep his job and additional "bonuses." But he isnt.

2) Everybody's doing it: Really? Are they? Not so convinced. With the media hanging on every bad decision Charlie Sheen makes and does; one might wonder WHY this is even newsworthy...well it isnt! Anyone who's been pulled over by the police for speeding and offered the excuse that everybody was doing it was soon followed by the response "but I caught you!" Not to beat a dead horse that's still running; had he been the head of a large financial institute or politician...he might have skated free.

3) But he's a star: No you didnt! Tell that to Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen and etc. What about the game and our school's financial losses resulting from being honest and holding to our rules? Honestly, there are very few saints; and a gazillion claiming to be nothing less. Despite knowing the rules and everybody's doing it; then it should certainly be ok for a star/public figure to do whatever they want. They made that money/fame; you didnt (thanks Bobby Brown). I am always entertained by people holding others to a higher standard than the one they hold to themselves. Sure, they signed up for it so I get the right to judge them...right? Is it?

Good luck kid. If you had been a catholic priest; you would have gotten a committee formed to decide just how many times you could do said act before some action might be required or transferred to a sister university. Life is uncertain. It is a fluid moment that can go wrong or right at the drop of a hat. I personally am impressed that BYU took a stand. Yes they have that right. We should consider what we say to be a close reflection of what we do. One might say that's old school. But isnt that the same school that the Founding Fathers were a part of...the original Bill Clintons....

A devil's advocate might wonder what would have happened had he had more than one girlfriend....but thats another blog.


1 comment:

Andrew Stanfield said...

All true...but how far should the rules go? Should the lad have the opportunity for redemption? I guess there's more questions that answers right now. I hope he'll at least be able to finish school and get his degree (if that was his plan).