We all know how the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal rocked the NFL, and now it appears it’s the college ranks’ turn. Per Eric Van Dril of the Chicago Tribune, referenced in a piece by Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk, former Air Force freshman guard Matt Mooney alleges he chose to transfer to a different school because of being bullied himself.
In his Q&A with Van Dril, Mooney described a campus atmosphere at the Air Force Academy that seems, well, somewhat odd and without structure on the administration’s end.
“I honestly have no problem with the military, it’s just the Air Force Academy isn’t the same as the military. It’s a much different place. Freshman year here is really rough. It’s meant to be a year to see if you can stick it out and see if you’re ready for the military, but a lot of things go on that people don’t really realize,” Mooney said.
“There’s a lot of bullying and things like that, honestly, because the system is [run] by upperclassmen. And freshmen have no power, whatsoever. It was just a rough year. It was kind of depressing, actually.
The 6-foot-3 guard then went into detail about ludicrous “rules” involving how underclassmen carried their knapsacks and having to run to appointments, with pushups being doled out as punishment.
Mooney initially announced his plans to transfer earlier this month, and Air Force head coach Dave Pilipovich said the reason was that Mooney “didn’t see himself as a military person.” Well, now Mooney is telling his side of the story.
Mooney averaged 6.9 points on 45 percent shooting in just over 19 minutes per game this past season. Air Force went 14-17 (6-12 Mountain West) and missed out on the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive season.
This young man isn’t likely to end up at a major program following his transfer, but bullying allegations are serious and if anything, this story is one to watch in case any more people come forward.
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