Ainge: "I would suspect that based on the consequences that are happening..."
The president of the Boston Celtics and former BYU basketball star weighs in on the controversy surrounding his alma mater.
Danny Ainge believes the punishment Brandon Davies faces is the result of more than premarital sex and that there's a pregnancy involved.
Telling WEEI radio:
"I would suspect that based on the consequences that are happening. I don't know that. I would just suspect that that's the case.
And in the Mormon faith, sins against life and irresponsibly creating life are sins and they are violations of the honor code.
Brandon Davies is a great kid and regardless of what sort of thing he's done to violate the honor code, I think he's a really nice kid.
I met him. I think he's a terrific kid and I'm certain the school will stand behind him and I believe he'll be back next year.
I think, in the long run, it's all about raising men. It's not about winning national championships and that's what their goals are."
Those who don't believe the details of his violation should be made public, should understand that's an essential function of outsiders getting a true understanding of the BYU Honor Code.
Without full disclosure, you'll continue to hear jokes about a Starbucks trip being grounds for dismissal at Brigham Young when that's simply not the case.
There are many who will cry about protecting the privacy of a "student-athlete." When it comes to actions that effect your team, you sign away your privacy when you accept a scholarship to play big-time college athletics.
When a team becomes one of the major stories of the college basketball season prior to a negative incident, the cameras aren't going to stop rolling when adversity hits.
There have been honor code violations in the recent past. This is the first one to become the top story on "Pardon the Interruption" and fodder for late night talk show hosts.
BYU, and those associated with the program, should take this rare moment as an opportunity to educate the public on one of the more misunderstood elements of the religious institution.