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Brandon Davies Suspended for Sex, Violates BYU Honor Code

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Brigham Young University basketball star Brandon Davies was suspended from the team for at least the rest of this season reportedly because he had sex with his girlfriend -- a violation of the Mormon school's strict honor code.

A report in the Salt Lake City Tribune said Davies met with school officials on Monday and admitted what he had done.

BYU officials would only confirm that Davies was indeed suspended from the team, and that it did not involve any criminal actions.

According to a report on ESPN.com, the school's honor code forbids students from having premarital sex and instructs them to "live a chaste and virtuous life." It also requires students to be honest, abstain from alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco, caffeinated drinks such as sodas, tea, and coffee, and to attend church regularly.

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BYU coach Dave Rose said Davies and other students are well aware of the code.

"Everybody who comes to BYU, every student if they're an athlete or not an athlete, they make a commitment when they come," Rose said. "A lot of people try to judge if this is right or wrong, but it's a commitment they make. It's not about right or wrong. It's about commitment."

Davies met with the team and apologized.

"He told us he was sorry and let us down," guard Jimmer Fredette said. "We told him it's okay. Sometimes in life we make mistakes. We've got to play through it."

University spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said an honor code review will decide if Davies will be allowed to remain in school, and if so, if he can be on the team next season.

BYU is ranked third in the nation, and with the NCAA tournament coming up, losing its leading rebounder is a big blow to the team. Indeed, BYU lost its first game without Davies Wednesday night, falling to New Mexico 82-64.