BYU Athlete Dismissed for Premarital Sex

Basketball player admitted to violating the university's honor code.

Brandon Davies (Salt Lake Tribune)

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Brigham Young University center Brandon Davies was suspended from the Cougars' nationally ranked basketball team for the remainder of the season because he had sex with his girlfriend, violating the schools' honor code. He reportedly admitted his transgressions to school officials.

That's right. Not rape, not sexual harassment, not public intoxication, not even failure to show up for practice. But consensual premarital sex.

No one can really argue that the punishment was unfair, though. The university is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has a very clear honor code, which requires students to:

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; and encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code.

(Wait, no coffee or tea?! We suppose it would have been even more shocking if he’d been let go for patronizing Starbucks.)

Davies was the team's leading rebounder. Without him, the Cougars suffered an 82-64 loss to New Mexico Wednesday night, and the coach addressed Davies' dismissal for the first time, saying, "I think it was a surprise to everyone."

Read more at the Salt Lake Tribune.

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