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Brandon Davies BYU Honor Code Violation Does Not Sound Like a Sex Issue (UPDATE)

The 27-2, third-ranked BYU Cougars were dealt a major blow late Tuesday when it was announced that center Brandon Davies would be suspended for the rest of the season. The school said the dismissal was due to a violation of the school’s honor code, though they did not specify which aspect of the code was violated. We do know that Davies is still a BYU student and that the school learned about the issue on Monday. The only details that were revealed came from The Salt Lake Tribune.

School spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told the paper “that to her knowledge, no other BYU student-athletes were involved in the violation. Asked if the dismissal had anything to do with Davies’ academic standing, she said, “No. This is a violation of the honor code.”

Jenkins’ comment that no other student-athlete was involved and Davies’ standing as a current student makes me believe it was not a sex issue. When BYU running back Harvey Unga was busted for the same violation, he ended up leaving school along with his girlfriend, pretty much solidifying suspicion that it was sex-related. It could have been something serious like pre-marital sex, but then I don’t think he’d still be a student if that were the case. Now if you’re curious about the BYU Honor Code, here’s what it states:

    Be honest
    Live a chaste and virtuous life
    Obey the law and all campus policies
    Use clean language
    Respect others
    Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
    Participate regularly in church services
    Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
    Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

That’s a pretty extensive list right there, and if you’re following the code you must be living one heck of a clean life. I must also add that it’s commendable of BYU to hold their Honor Code in such high esteem that they’re willing to let their high-profile basketball team suffer due to a violation. Many other schools and teams would make an exception for such a player, but BYU has not. It’s quite commendable that they stick to their principles even when one of their athletic teams will be hurt — it shows a strong sense of priorities.

As for the basketball team that will now be without its third-leading scorer, it’s pretty simple: in Jimmer they trust.

UPDATE: The Salt Lake Tribune says Davies had pre-marital sex with a girl and reportedly impregnated her.


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  • Anonymous

    The Brandon Davis incident is very disturbing as it appears to be veiled racism on the part of the LDS organization. According to an msmbc.com report, Utah continues to have the highest birthrate sans marriage in the United States. Unsanctioned sexual activity is widespread among the youth in Utah. With this in mind, is one to believe that Brandon Davis is the only member of the team to have engaged in premarital sexual intercourse? Who brought his behavior to the attention of the powers-that-be; what was their motivation? The honor code is an admirable concept, singling Brandon Davis out is not.

    I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was brought up to believe that black people were born under “the mark of Cain” according the LDS teachings. This belief was not acceptable to me then nor is it now. That being said, Brandon Davis should consider transferring to another college where there is more possibility of him being received as an equal.

    Please see the references regarding the LDS position on race.
    After the death of Joseph Smith Jr., the Prophet Brigham Young Sr. taught that “Negroes” were black due to the mark of Cain, which also meant that they were Canaanites and were under the curse of Ham. For this reason, most black people of African descent—along with a smaller number of non-black people that the Church also deemed to be Canaanites—were ineligible to be ordained to the Priesthood. They were also barred from participating in the Endowment and celestial marriage, but were allowed to enter the church’s temples to perform baptism for the dead.[5] While this policy existed for over a century, it was always with the promise that “the time will come when [black men] will have the privilege of all [white men] have the privilege of and more.”[6] In 1978, church leaders said they had received a revelation that this long-promised time had come, and the Priesthood was offered to black men. All women, black and white, remain ineligible to receive the priesthood.
    For critics, the fact that Blacks were not allowed into the priesthood until 1978 supports the on-going argument of racism within the Church. In 1981, a verse that used “white and delightsome” to describe the reward of dark-skinned people if they repented was changed to read, “pure and delightsome.”
    In 2005, the Intelligence Report published the following statements made by Warren Jeffs, President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:
    • “The black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth.”
    • “[Cain was] cursed with a black skin and he is the father of the Negro people. He has great power, can appear and disappear. He is used by the devil, as a mortal man, to do great evils.”
    • “Today you can see a black man with a white woman, et cetera. A great evil has happened on this land because the devil knows that if all the people have Negro blood, there will be nobody worthy to have the priesthood.”
    • “If you marry a person who has connections with a Negro, you would become cursed.”[
    If the students of BYU honestly follow the “Honor Code” there would be a long line of individuals admitting their violations.

  • Anonymous

    The Brandon Davis incident is very disturbing as it appears to be veiled racism on the part of the LDS organization. According to an msmbc.com report, Utah continues to have the highest birthrate sans marriage in the United States. Unsanctioned sexual activity is widespread among the youth in Utah. With this in mind, is one to believe that Brandon Davis is the only member of the team to have engaged in premarital sexual intercourse? Who brought his behavior to the attention of the powers-that-be; what was their motivation? The honor code is an admirable concept, singling Brandon Davis out is not.

    I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was brought up to believe that black people were born under “the mark of Cain” according the LDS teachings. This belief was not acceptable to me then nor is it now. That being said, Brandon Davis should consider transferring to another college where there is more possibility of him being received as an equal.

    Please see the references regarding the LDS position on race.
    After the death of Joseph Smith Jr., the Prophet Brigham Young Sr. taught that “Negroes” were black due to the mark of Cain, which also meant that they were Canaanites and were under the curse of Ham. For this reason, most black people of African descent—along with a smaller number of non-black people that the Church also deemed to be Canaanites—were ineligible to be ordained to the Priesthood. They were also barred from participating in the Endowment and celestial marriage, but were allowed to enter the church’s temples to perform baptism for the dead.[5] While this policy existed for over a century, it was always with the promise that “the time will come when [black men] will have the privilege of all [white men] have the privilege of and more.”[6] In 1978, church leaders said they had received a revelation that this long-promised time had come, and the Priesthood was offered to black men. All women, black and white, remain ineligible to receive the priesthood.
    For critics, the fact that Blacks were not allowed into the priesthood until 1978 supports the on-going argument of racism within the Church. In 1981, a verse that used “white and delightsome” to describe the reward of dark-skinned people if they repented was changed to read, “pure and delightsome.”
    In 2005, the Intelligence Report published the following statements made by Warren Jeffs, President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:
    • “The black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth.”
    • “[Cain was] cursed with a black skin and he is the father of the Negro people. He has great power, can appear and disappear. He is used by the devil, as a mortal man, to do great evils.”
    • “Today you can see a black man with a white woman, et cetera. A great evil has happened on this land because the devil knows that if all the people have Negro blood, there will be nobody worthy to have the priesthood.”
    • “If you marry a person who has connections with a Negro, you would become cursed.”[
    If the students of BYU honestly follow the “Honor Code” there would be a long line of individuals admitting their violations.