Two years ago a Villanova basketball player by the name of JayVaughn Pinkston received assault charges at an off campus party. It was not released publicly exactly what he did. When I asked my friends who go there what happened, they said he apparently fought two different Villanova students after they allegedly locked him in a closet. Pinkston was not new to fighting as being a New York state boxing champ in high school. He got suspended for the entire 2010-2011 season in result of this. He was supposed to be a very influential player that season and he ruined that over one bad decision.
At the beginning of this year Tommy Rees, the starting quarterback for Notre Dame last year, assaulted a police officer after fleeing an off campus party. When the officer approached Rees, Rees kneed him in the stomach and tried to run away. He didn’t get very far before other officers tackled him to the ground.
Both these players play on two teams that I’ve been a fan of my entire life. It makes me angry that things like this happen which in result hurt teams’ futures with performance and image. For my white paper, I would like to look into campus violence involving student athletes. The NCAA convened a think tank this year to address campus violence prevention. NCAA president Mark Emmert explained,
We need to have a better understanding of the issue of campus violence and address the role athletics might play in prevention,” Emmert said. “Athletics is at the forefront of many things and has such an impact that it can drive culture and be an enormous lever for social change. If we can be successful in athletics in providing higher education with best practices and templates on how to address this issue, then we can be leaders for change across our campuses.
It’s great that the NCAA is taking a stance on this. I hate to see players get suspended over stupid decisions they make. Educating student athletes about violence on campus and their consequences will hopefully aid in helping the problem. I think the NCAA should hold required meetings at every collegiate institution regarding this issue. Hopefully it will prevent future violence from happening. I just wish they had this back in 2010. Maybe JayVaughn Pinkston and Tommy Rees wouldn’t have done what they did.