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To this point, my guess is that just about every angle of the Brandon Davies situation has been talked over in exhaustive details by just about every sports fan in the country. Not everyone thinks it was right for BYU to dismiss him from the basketball team because he violated the school's honor code by having premarital sex, but the truth of the matter is that them's the rules. And indeed, who are we to say otherwise?
Well, the good news is that nobody cares what you, me or any other John Q. Sports fan thinks. But when somebody like Tim Tebow has something to say, people listen.
As ESPN points out, Tebow is one of many high-profile athletes that has opened up about the Davies situation. Not surprisingly, the Denver Broncos quarterback and former Florida Gators great was sympathetic to Davies' cause, saying that everyone deserves a second chance.
"I do always think that people definitely deserve second chances because no one is perfect, and we mess up everyday," he told the Orlando Sentinel. "There should be a punishment, but I don't know that he should maybe...I don't know. I don't even know the situation, but I just always think about giving people a second chance. Maybe he deserves one, but I don't know the situation."
Obviously, Tebow's not the kind of guy that's going to throw anybody under the bus. The dude has always had an essentially flawless moral compass, and it's pretty easy to agree with him when he says Davies deserves a second chance.
Not so forgiving was New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire. He posted a series of tweets that were a little hazy on the details, but also rather damning of BYU.
Said the first tweet: "Don't ever go to BYU, they kick a Young Educated (Black)Brother OUT OF SCHOOL. The kid had premarital sex. Not suspended, Not Release. Wow!"
Stoudemire then added: "P.S.With his girlfriend. Come on BYU don't kick the kid out of school. Let's be honest he is n college. Let's the kid live a little."
The only problem with Stoudemire's tweets is that Davies has not been thrown out of BYU quite yet. His case is up for review by the honor code committee, and they will make the call whether or not he can stay at a later time.
Stoudemire must have caught wind of the truth, as he later tweeted, "I totally understand the actions of BYU, I totally respect the school an the conduct rules. BYU has a great athletic program."
That last part is undeniably true. There's a very good chance that the Cougars will be granted a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they should be able to make some noise once the thing gets going. Because Davis was their leading rebounder, the point has been repeatedly stressed that they showed some exceptional fortitude by not exempting him from the rules.
Still, this is a situation with no discernible gray area. You're either on one side of the fence, or you're on the other. At this point, I think what everyone wants is for Davies to be given the second chance that Tebow spoke of.
If he does, then that's just great.
If he is given the boot, on the other hand, we could have a 30-for-30 story on our hands.