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BYU player kicked off team for premarital sex

A Brigham Young University star basketball player was kicked off the team for violating the school's honor code.

March 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A star player on the Brigham Young University basketball team was kicked off the team for violating the school's honor code. He reportedly had premarital sex with his girlfriend.

The decision by BYU could have consequences for the player and the third-ranked team's season.

He used to be known for putting points on the board. Now Brandon Davies is a national name for breaking Brigham Young University's honor code.

School officials won't disclose what part of the code Davies violated. But according to the Salt Lake Tribune, Davies admitted to having premarital sex with his girlfriend.

The code requires, among other things, that students live a chaste and virtuous life, participate regularly in church services, use clean language and abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea and coffee.

The third-highest scorer on the team, Davies' absence was clearly felt at the Cougars' last basketball game. They lost by double digits, their first loss in seven games.

But after the game, teammates had nothing but supportive words for Davies.

"He's like a brother to us, you know, family and it's tough to lose a guy like that," said Davies' teammate Jimmer Fredette.

"Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon," said Charles Abouo, another teammate.

Several students said the honor code is common knowledge, a pledge all students are expected to uphold.

Holding Davies accountable could mean the end of BYU's storied basketball season.

The sophomore was the team's leading rebounder and was considered a key player in winning next week's conference.

Davies has apologized, but his apology may not keep him from getting kicked out of BYU altogether.