March 5, 2011
This was a bad week for, uh, babymaking. Brigham Young University basketball star Brandon Davies was removed from the squad for admitting to premarital sex with his girlfriend. This and other acts -- drinking coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages among them -- are forbidden to all students of the Mormon university, which is the school's perogative. Students sign a pledge. Admirable; keep up the good work. What I wonder is the sequence/timing. I understand that Davies came forward with the information -- but when? Did somebody discover his transgression and threaten to tattle? Did he transgress just once, then confess? And if not, how might that affect previous BYU basketball victories? The school has been criticized for not postponing the suspension until after the tournaments which start this week; BYU is thought to have a decent chance to reach the Final Four. The school's action would be questionable if they knew but delayed until pressure was applied from an outside source. We'll probably never know, even after the Lifetime channel movie. As for Mike Huckabee answering a question with a critical comment (heard round the world) about Natalie Portman's pregnancy glorifying unwed motherhood-- Nat and her fiance are expecting twins -- well Gov., I'll bet you'd like a do-over. She didn't abort. She's upfront about it. Her children will be well cared for. And if you must spin the subject negatively, why oh why, Gov., didn't you include the moms on "16 and Pregnant" or, at the very least, Bristol Palin? Hardly were the words out of your mouth before a blogger snapped back with that squirmy fact. Unlike Nat (who is 29, with options), these women don't always have understanding parents and a supportive fiance in the mix. Stay tuned to see how these events will affect BYU's recruiting and Mike Huckabee's sponteneity.