Brandon Davies made headlines last March when he was suspended from BYU for breaking the school’s honor code.
The rule Davies broke was, reportedly, sleeping with his girlfriend before they were married. The suspension created a bit of a media conflagration — the story was a perfect storm of racial injustice, religious intolerance, sex and a nationally relevant basketball team and superstar in Jimmer Fredette.
Now reinstated at the school and with the program, Davies spoke for the first time publicly about the suspension:
Davies is pretty impressive throughout the interview, handling himself with grace and dignity and what was assuredly a trying situation. He admitted that he considered leaving school — which, I assume, means he considered turning pro because he said later in the interview that he wasn’t in contact with other schools about transferring — saying “there were a lot of thoughts that went through my head just trying to deal with it all.”
He played off a tough question of whether or not he thought BYU handled is situation correctly. “It doesn’t matter what I had to go through to get here,” he said, “I’m just glad to be here, back with my teammates and here where I’m supported and loved by so many.”
“I was definitely treated more than fair. Just being able to make it back here and be a part of this team again is a blessing.”
Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.