Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Kent Kontroversy

I know it's a little early to start talking about baseball, but I can't resist weighing in on the recent Kent Walton scandal.

For those of you who haven't been following the story, BYU outfielder Kent Walton was dismissed from BYU and the baseball team for Honor Code violations (he supposedly didn't meet the church attendance requirement), but then was reinstated to both BYU and the team after a closer examination of the case.

Some have said this story is a case of "rogue Bishops" who only want to make examples out of BYU athletes. Others claim there must be more to the story, and Walton's dismissal was based on more than just lack of church attendance.

All I know is BYU acted on its policy, re-examined the situation, found the truth, and reversed its decision. In other words, the right action prevailed. Kent Walton was restored to the team and the school without penalty.

That's good enough for me.

I know the team must be ecstatic to have Walton back. I personally witnessed him win more than a few games last year, and I even got the chance to interview him a few times when I wrote for the Daily U. He's a ballplayer, and I'm glad he'll be back for 2008.

A quick side note: This story is merely another example of the media frenzy that happens every time a BYU player is disciplined for any reason. Whether it's an Honor Code violation, or the unfortunate instances where a BYU athlete is arrested for more serious charges, the media love to villify BYU students. Nothing is better than a fall from grace, at least when a hot story is involved, and students at the LDS-owned school are easy prey.

1 comment:

Justin said...

I don't want to be ticky tack with your post Adam, but Walton was dismissed because his ecclesiastical endorsement was pulled and not for an honor code violation. I know some might not see a difference, but there is a difference. Either way, I'm glad to see him back on the team.