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The Honor Code and Compassion

The suspension of BYU basketball player Brandon Davies has caused a torrent of news coverage across the country debating the merits of the University’s honor code. The majority of news reports have been favorable toward BYU’s decision to adhere to its standards, despite the impact to a “dream basketball season.”

Michael Otterson, managing director of the Church’s Public Affairs Department gives an interesting viewpoint on the matter in the On Faith blog of the Washington Post:

Brandon Davies is more than a trending topic on Google. He is a young man full of energy, talent and opportunity, all of which remain present as he moves through what is undoubtedly a difficult time in his life.... Those that care for him, including his church leaders, are reaching out to help, guide and support. Friends, family and true fans likewise. There are a lot of people at BYU who will do all they can to help Brandon get through this trial in his life and come out on top. He isn't just an athlete, but a child of God.

Read Otterson’s entire commentary here.

Read also the 4 March Time article for additional perspective.

 
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