So many angles have been tackled regarding Brigham Young University's suspension of Brandon Davies after he violated the school's Honor Code by having premarital sex with his girlfriend.
But there's one that hasn't really been considered — unless you count anonymous online potshots by overly cynical naysayers.
It's the notion that it's impossible for star athletes in any setting to live by strict standards and not partake of the world's vices.
Many of those oh-so-courageous anonymous online commenters on several news sites have echoed the same refrain: "You can't tell me Steve Young/Danny Ainge/Jimmer Fredette didn't break that no-sex rule at BYU!"
No, I can't tell you that they didn't. Just like you can't tell me that they did ... unless you have surveillance video of all their spare time at the school.
This is a form of prejudice — not against BYU, Mormons or religious people in general, but against athletes.
Many operate under the assumption that pro or big-time college athletes are all out there partying or sowing their wild oats. Part of it could be the principle of projection: "I would do that if I were in their position, so surely they all must!" But mostly it's a stereotype that fans buy into.
Do I know that former NBA-er AC Green remained a virgin until his marriage in his late 30s? I don't, but let's do as Phil Jackson says and "Give him some (bleeping) credit!" There are athletes who are faithful, married men. There are athletes who don't drink alcohol. There are athletes who see their place in the pro-sports spotlight as a platform in which to preach the values they live. Some fans may not like that, but the fact is it happens, and they're not the hormone-driven, hedonistic animals that so many people think they are.
As fans, we need to stop pretending that because we hear sordid details about a few athletes' private lives, that the rest of them are the same way. If for no other reason that we ought to shudder to think every single athlete is out there doing what Favre did to Sterger ... allegedly.