Montana Football Player Beau Donaldson Arrested on Rape Charges

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2012

#45 Beau Donaldson
#45 Beau Donaldson

University of Montana Grizzly football player Beau Donaldson was arrested and taken to the Missoula County Detention Facility Friday night on charges of sexual intercourse without consent.

NBC Montana is reporting the bail is $100,000 and the arrest comes on the heels of an investigation done by the University of Montana. He will be in court Monday.

This is as serious as an allegation as you can get and the football program needs to be careful about how it plays this. We can’t forget this is a country where everyone is innocent until proved guilty.

With that said, a crime this heinous will warrant immediate expulsion from the program and the university for Donaldson if he is found guilty. In the meantime, the school needs to be removed from the alleged victim and the accused in order to maintain an unbiased view of the situation.

Since the University of Montana conducted an investigation that led to the eventual arrest of Donaldson, it should have grounds to expel the student whether he is found guilty or not.

The university calls it conduct detrimental to the team, and putting yourself in a position to be considered an alleged rapist is as damning to a team as anything could be.

With little more details to judge the situation on, it’s important the public doesn’t rush to judgment. This is the time when our court system will handle everything.


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