Violence on college campuses has been a problem ever since they existed. And athletes have contributed a fair amount of violent acts. A big problem people see with these violent acts is that athletes get off too easy. An ESPN article shows two related acts of violence by athletes with questionable punishments.
In June, UNLV’s Tre’Von Willis, the leading scorer on the basketball team, was arrested and charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation. He was able to agree to a plea bargain that reduced the charge to a misdemeanor, and in September, UNLV suspended the Mountain West Conference’s leading scorer for three games, two of which are exhibition games. In February, Oregon running back LaMichael James was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly grabbing his girlfriend by the neck and throwing her to the ground. He sat out the Ducks’ first game of the season. He has since rushed for 848 yards.
My modest proposal is to have the NCAA suspend an entire team for a full year if any player acts in a violent matter and the player who performed the act of violence will be kicked off the team indefinitely.
Right now the NCAA can’t impose punishments for acts of violence committed “off the field, or “off the court.” Professional sports on the other hand can impose punishments from the league. The NFL will suspend players for receiving a DUI for instance. Having the NCAA suspend a team for an entire year will make sure colleges do not let their players act stupid. Also, no player wants to be kicked off a team and not be able to play again. I know if I were a player who caused my team not to play for an entire year, I would want to leave the state. No one wants that guilt. When this rule gets implemented, I’m sure the number of violent acts related to athletes will decline significantly.