The SEC has changed its bylaws, and transfers who have committed what the conference defines as “serious misconduct” will no longer be able to take their talents to schools represented in it. Andy Staples of SI.com tweeted a picture of the memo.
In SEC lingo, “serious misconduct” constitutes “sexual assault, domestic violence, or other forms of sexual violence” and while it’s surprising to see it take this kind of action so swiftly, there really isn’t a reason why it shouldn’t be done. Hell, if you ask this writer, it’s about time that such a move was made.
The facts are simple. In the past year, all professional sports and especially the NFL have taken a strong stance in combating domestic violence. From former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator to Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy throwing his girlfriend (now ex) onto a bed covered with guns to the long, troubled history of Ray McDonald, the league is making it known that if you’re a domestic abuser, you aren’t welcome in the league.
Similarly, in the NHL, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested on domestic violence charges and suspended from the team indefinitely. Ready for the crazy part? The NHL doesn’t have a set domestic violence policy and still kept Voynov off the ice.
Thus, while the SEC is a collegiate organization and its athletes are strictly classified as amateurs, it’s refreshing to see it take a stand on a serious issue. Many young men begin their college careers with the maturity level of teenage boys, but the SEC is still going to expect them to act like men and have accountability for their actions if they are going to transfer to teams like Alabama, LSU, or others. If they have committed this “serious misconduct,” they can take their talent elsewhere.
That all being said, good on the SEC for joining the rest of the sports world in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault!
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