Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

This gallery depicts almost every BYU athlete we found with an honor code incident since 1993. (Certain players have been excluded to protect our sources.) The information in the gallery comes from media reports, BYU profiles, and interviews with athletes. It is by no means definitive. Many of these incidents were shrouded in secrecy. Many of the athletes could not be reached to confirm what we learned. If we have included bad data — whether due to inaccurate news stories, the faulty memories of interview subjects, or our own error — we are happy to correct it. If readers can help fill in any empty categories, we are happy to update.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Aneta Henryka Lemiesz, track
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Felony forgery charges, 2004
Punishment: The two-time All-American runner from Poland was suspended from her team during an honor code investigation (Deseret News, Feb. 20, 2004).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Antwaun Harris, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Harris was the only player of the six involved in the 2004 rape case to play for the Cougars that season. He was charged with making a false statement to investigators (Deseret News, Dec. 4, 2004).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Billy Skinner, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Skinner was suspended for his involvement in the 2004 rape case. He was charged with "dealing in material harmful to a minor" (Deseret News, Dec. 4, 2004).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

B.J. Mathis, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Four players were expelled following the alleged gang rape in August 2004, including Mathis, who was eventually found not guilty on all charges.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Brandon Davies, basketball
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Sexual transgressions, 2011
Punishment: BYU suspended Davies from the basketball team for the remainder of the 2011 season, including the team's tournament run, for an undisclosed honor code violation. It soon came out that he had had sex with his girlfriend. The honor code office is still deciding Davies's ultimate fate.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Brannon Brooks, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Undisclosed violation of team rules, 2007
Punishment: Brooks was suspended along with six other freshmen in September 2007 for a violation of team rules. He saw "limited action in 2008" and transferred to Utah Valley (Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 11, 2010). Steve Kessman, the father of another player suspended at the same time as Brooks, says an honor code issue was the cause.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Brent Pollock, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Shoplifting, minor possession of drugs and alcohol, 2000
Punishment: In December 2000, Pollock was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and underage drinking. BYU dismissed him from the team after he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and possession of marijuana in February 2011 (<Deseret News, Feb. 23, 2001).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Breyon Jones, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Robbery and assault, April 2004
Punishment: Jones was suspended from the team for the 2005 season along with Marcus Whalen for robbing and beating up another BYU student.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Brian McDonald, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Alcohol-related offenses, February 2001
Punishment: The university placed McDonald on one year of probation for an underage drinking charge in February 2001, but he remained on the football team (<Deseret News, June 14, 2001).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Bryon Ruffner, basketball
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Felony theft, October 1996
Punishment: Ruffner was booted from the basketball team in 1997 after pleading guilty to theft in an embezzlement case. He withdrew from the university (<Deseret News, Oct. 5, 1997).

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Christopher Seth Parker, swimming
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Theft-and-burglary crime spree, 2008
Punishment: Parker was expelled from the university after a two-month theft-and-burglary spree with two other Cougars swimmers. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail. (Deseret News, April 1, 2009).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

C.J. Ah You, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incidents: Fighting, March 2003; was at a party where there was group sex, June 2004
Punishment: In March 2003, Ah You punched former BYU quarterback Bret Engemann in a dispute over a girl, and he was booted from the team in June 2004 for his involvement in a January party that involved group sex.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Curtis Brown, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Converted Mormon
Incident: Presence at party where there was group sex, 2004
Punishment: Brown was placed on probation. [Clarification: This information came from Brown's teammate James Allen. We've since learned from BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins that Brown was never placed on probation. Brown did appear before the honor code office to answer questions about the party, but, according to both Brown and BYU, he was never officially sanctioned. Brown says he took the woman involved in the group sex to the party but didn't stay.]

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Danny Robinson, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Possession of marijuana, 1998
Punishment: The honor code office suspended Robinson and two other teammates from the university for a year following a marijuana possession charge in 1998 (Deseret News, May 13, 1998).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

David Angilau, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Undisclosed violation of team rules, 2007
Punishment: Angilau was suspended along with six other freshmen in September 2007 for a violation of team rules. Steve Kessman says an honor code issue was the cause.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Derik Stevenson, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Two misdemeanor gun charges, 1997
Punishment: Stevenson withdrew from the university in February 1997, after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor gun charges related to a fight at another school. He had picked up four legal charges in four years (Salt Lake Tribune, July 25, 1999).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Fahu Tahi, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Fighting, 2003
Punishment: Tahi was suspended at least one game and was placed under university review after punching "an obnoxious movie-goer" and driving while on pain medications in spring 2003 (Deseret News, May 3, 2003).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

G Pittman, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Undisclosed violation of team rules, September 2007
Punishment: Pittman was suspended along with six other freshmen in September 2007 for a violation of team rules. He elected to transfer out of the school in October 2008. Steve Kessman says an honor code issue was the cause.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Gary Nagy, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Undisclosed violation of team rules, September 2007
Punishment: Nagy was suspended along with six other freshman in September 2007 for a violation of team rules. He joined the U.S. Air Force. Steve Kessman says an honor code issue was the cause.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Greg Steele, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 1995
Punishment: Steele was one of five football players expelled in 1995 after admitting to group sex with a 19-year-old woman (Salt Lake Tribune, June 4, 1995).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Harvey Unga, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, 2009
Punishment: Unga, then the school's all-time rushing leader, was suspended from the team and — along with his girlfriend, Keilani Moeaki, a member of the women's basketball team — withdrew from the university in April 2010. He now plays for the Chicago Bears.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Hassan-Kareem McCullough, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Stealing clothes, 1993
Punishment: McCullough was "convicted of felony theft and was fined, jailed and expelled" from the university in 1993 (Deseret News, Dec. 17, 1998).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Heshimu Robertson, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, 1998
Punishment: Robertson missed out on the 1998 Liberty Bowl after being suspended (Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 17, 1998).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Horace Tisdale, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 1995.
Punishment: Tisdale was one of five football players expelled in 1995 after admitting to group sex with a 19-year-old woman (Salt Lake Tribune, June 4, 1995).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Ibrahim Rashada, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004.
Punishment: Four players were expelled following the alleged gang rape in August 2004, including Rashada, who was eventually found not guilty on all charges.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Itula Mili, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, 1995.
Punishment: Mili was suspended for four games during the 1995 season following an undisclosed honor code violation (Deseret News, Dec. 17, 1998).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Jake Kuresa, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Presence at party where there was group sex, 2004
Punishment: Kuresa was placed on probation for attending a party at which people had sex in 2004.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

James Allen, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Allen was suspended in June 2004 for his involvement at a January 2004 party that involved group sex.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

James Heggins, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 1995
Punishment: Heggins was one of five football players expelled in 1995 after admitting to group sex with a 19-year-old woman (Salt Lake Tribune, June 4, 1995).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

James Humes, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 1995
Punishment: Humes was one of five football players expelled in 1995 after admitting to group sex with a 19-year-old woman (Salt Lake Tribune, June 4, 1995).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Jaron Dabney, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Shoplifting, 1997
Punishment: Dabney was placed on honor code probation in 1997 for a shoplifting arrest, and he withdrew from the university in January 2000 following another undisclosed violation (CNNSI, Jan. 18, 2000).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Jernaro Gilford, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Theft, 2000
Punishment: Gilford was suspended from the team for a year after breaking into an athletic department equipment room and "taking T-shirts, a mesh bag, socks and $12 cash" (Deseret News, Aug. 10, 2000).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Jonathan Pittman, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: DUI, 2000
Punishment: Pittman faced two misdemeanor charges for a December 2000 DUI arrest. Having used all of his eligibility, he withdrew from the university in 2001 in the midst of an investigation by the honor code office.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Karland Bennett, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Bennett was one of four players expelled from the university following the alleged gang rape in August 2004.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Keilani Moeaki, basketball
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, 2009
Punishment: Moeaki was suspended from the team and — along with her boyfriend, Harvey Unga, a member of the football team — withdrew from the university in April 2010.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Madison Gray, swimming
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Theft-and-burglary crime spree, 2008
Punishment: Gray was suspended from the university for her involvement in a two-month theft-and-burglary spree with two other Cougar swimmers. (Deseret News, April 1, 2009).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Manase Tonga, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Arrest for traffic violations, 2007
Punishment: Tonga, younger brother of Matangi, was pulled over for a traffic violation in July 2007 and allegedly provided the officer with a fake name. He served a one-game suspension.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Marcus Whalen, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incidents: Alcohol, shoplifting, assault, 2004
Punishment: Whalen was suspended from the team for the 2005 season along with Breyon Jones for robbing and beating up another BYU student. Under the suspension, Whalen was not able to transfer to a new institution to take advantage of his final year of eligibility (Deseret Morning News, June 3, 2004).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Matangi Tonga, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Burglary, 2007
Punishment: Tonga, younger brother of Manase, was suspended indefinitely for burglary charges and withdrew from the school in July 2007 (Deseret News, July 6, 2007).

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Matthew Rados, swimming
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Theft-and-burglary crime spree, 2008
Punishment: Rados was expelled from the university after a two-month theft-and-burglary spree with two other Cougar swimmers. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail (Deseret News, April 1, 2009).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Mekeli Wesley, basketball
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, 1998
Punishment: In August 1998, Wesley was suspended for an undisclosed honor code violation (believed to be sex) and did not rejoin the team until the second semester (Deseret News, Aug. 26, 1998).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Michael Garrett, basketball
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Possession of marijuana, March 1998
Punishment: Garrett was charged with possession of marijuana after police responded to a noise complaint at a Provo apartment (Deseret News, March 27, 1998).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Mike Affleck, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation:
Incident: Alcohol, August 5, 2004
Punishment: Affleck was a walk-on freshman quarterback in August 2004, when he was suspended for "illegal consumption and possession of alcohol" (Deseret News, Sept. 3, 2004). "It pulled me down," Affleck told the Deseret Morning News in August 2006, after transferring to Utah State. "I couldn't play and I wasn't part of the team. It hurt. I was depressed and one thing led to another. It was best to find another spot."

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Mike Ulufale, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation:
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, 1995
Punishment: Ulufale was suspended for four games during the 1995 season following an undisclosed honor code violation (Deseret News, Dec. 17, 1998)

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Nate Foreman, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation:
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, April 1998
Punishment: BYU suspended Foreman for a year following an incident during his sophomore year (Deseret News, April 15, 1998).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Omarr Morgan, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation:
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation, May 1997
Punishment: Morgan was suspended for the first three games of the 1997 season. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Aug. 14, 1997 that "the violation was believed to be sexual in nature."

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

O'Neill Chambers, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incidents: Repeated honor code violations
Punishment: Chambers was suspended indefinitely in October 2010. "In this particular case, it's always hard to see a player make repeated mistakes," coach Bronco Mendenhall told the Deseret News on Oct. 19. "But in relation to what I thought was right, it wasn't that difficult." Mendenhall has said that Chambers will not have a place on his roster should he choose to remain at the university in the 2011-12 school year.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Rashaun Broadus, basketball
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Arrested for DUI, January 2007
Punishment: Coach Dave Rose suspended Broadus for the arrest, which effectively ended the senior's collegiate career (Deseret Morning News, Jan. 9, 2007). Broadus received a year of probation and paid a $432 fine. He graduated from BYU that May.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Ray Hudson, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Child out of wedlock
Punishment: Hudson was suspended for a semester as a true freshman for having a child out of wedlock. Before his junior season, Hudson elected to transfer from BYU: "Instead of getting kicked out, I kicked myself out." Read more about Hudson's experience here.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Reno "Junior" Mahe, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Sexual transgressions, 1998
Punishment: Mahe was suspended "for sexual transgressions of the code" (Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 30, 1999) as a true freshman in 1998. He transferred out of Provo for a year and returned to BYU for his junior season.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Reynaldo Brathwaite, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Brathwaite was expelled in June 2004 for his involvement in the January group sex case. Brathwaite lived at the house that hosted the party along with two teammates.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Ronney Jenkins, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incidents: Sexual transgressions, 1997 and 1998
Punishment: Jenkins was suspended and missed the entirety of the 1997 season after being found guilty of sexual impropriety. After his second violation, in December 1998, BYU elected to expel the sophomore running back. In announcing the expulsion on Christmas Day in 1998, the Salt Lake Tribune suggested that Jenkins "almost certainly would have become the Cougars' all-time leading rusher" had he remained at the university.

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Ron Selleaze, basketball
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Possession of marijuana, March 1998
Punishment: Selleaze was charged with possession of marijuana after police responded to a noise complaint at a Provo apartment (Deseret News, March 27, 1998). He was suspended for a year and, then the team's leading scorer, elected to transfer and finish out his career at Cal State Bakersfield.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Ryan Kessman, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Incident: Undisclosed violation of team rules, September 2007
Punishment: Kessman was one of six freshman suspended by the team in September 2007 for undisclosed violations. His father, Steven, told the Salt Lake Tribune that Ryan "went to Starbucks with his girlfriend and she wanted something to drink" and that he'd been suspended for "drinking a vanilla cappuccino, breaking curfew and missing a weightlifting workout" (Sept. 28, 2007). Kessman asked for his release from the program and transferred to Montana the following semester.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Ryan Love, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation:
Incident: Undisclosed violation of team rules, September 2007
Punishment: Love was one of the six freshmen suspended along with Ryan Kessman. His BYU profile says that he was a "valuable member of the scout team" in 2008. Steve Kessman says an honor code issue was the cause.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Shannon Benton, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Benton was one of six defensive backs suspended after the 2003-04 season for his involvement in a group sex party in January 2004. He never played a down for the Cougars (Deseret News, Jan. 26, 2006).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Shiloah Te'o, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Arrest on suspicion of DUI, August 2009
Punishment: Mendenhall kicked Te'o off the team in October 2009 after learning of his August arrest on suspicion of a DUI and other traffic violations. Te'o was also investigated, along with O'Neill Chambers, for their alleged presence at an off-campus drinking party in January 2009. Te'o transferred to Oregon State and will play for the Beavers this fall.

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Tacoma Fontaine, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Driving with a controlled substance, April 1998
Punishment: The honor code office handed out three one-year suspensions to Fontaine and two teammates when they were pulled over with marijuana in the car in April (Deseret News, May 13, 1998). Fontaine, then a junior transfer who had not yet played a snap for BYU, "pleaded guilty to driving with a controlled substance in his blood" and transferred to Southwest Missouri State.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Teag Whiting, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Assault outside a Salt Lake nightclub, June 2001
Punishment: Just a few months before his senior season, offensive lineman Whiting was charged with simple assault for hitting another man outside of a Salt Lake nightclub (Deseret News, June 9, 2001). He was suspended one game for the incident (CBS Sports, Sept. 3, 2001).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Terrance Hooks, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Suspicion of burglary, April 2007
Punishment: After a water balloon hit Hooks's girlfriend, he and teammate Vic So'oto kicked down two doors in an apartment complex to find the perpetrators. Mendehall suspended Hooks for the final week of spring practice and for the season-opener after he was charged with burglary. (Salt Lake Tribune, July 6, 2007).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Thomas Stancil, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Non-Mormon
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: The honor code committee launched an investigation into Stancil's involvement, and he later withdrew from the university. Read more about Stancil's experience here.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Tico Pringle, football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Allegations of sexual transgressions, 2006
Punishment: Pringle was suspended in December 2006 for a violation of team rules — believed to be sexual in nature — and chose to leave the university soon after (Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 11, 2010). Pringle told Deadspin that a jealous girlfriend at a rival school had given the honor code office false information. BYU took her word over his. Read more about his experience here.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Todd Watkins, football
Race/ethnicity: Biracial
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Presence at party from which rape allegations emerged, 2004
Punishment: At the time of the party, Watkins lived at the house with two teammates. He denied any participation and was placed on probation by the school.

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Tyson Smith, football
Race/ethnicity: White
Religious affiliation: Mormon
Incident: Undisclosed honor code violation
Punishment: Smith initially withdrew from the school in October 1999 for an honor code violation, but was able to return the following season (Deseret News, Sept. 7, 2000).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

Vic So'oto, football
Race/ethnicity: Polynesian
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Suspicion of burglary, April 2007
Punishment: So'oto, along with Terrance Hooks, was accused of burglary in April of 2007 after a water balloon fight turned nasty. He was suspended for spring practices and his charges were dropped soon after (Salt Lake Tribune, April 16, 2007).

Two Decades Of Honor Code Violations

William Turner Jr., football
Race/ethnicity: Black
Religious affiliation: Unknown
Incident: Group sex (rape allegations), 2004
Punishment: Turner was expelled from the university and was tried as a juvenile in exchange for his guilty plea and testimony.