Blackmon’s offense? Well, it appears to be wearing earrings.
While earrings might be commonplace among many football players around the country, it is an honor code violation for any man at BYU to wear them.
“A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, revealing, or form fitting. Shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, moustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable. Earrings and other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.
Earlier this month, star running back Jamaal Williams was suspended after being arrested on suspicion of underage drinking, also an honor code violation. Like Blackmon, he’ll miss the UConn game, but expects to be back for the contest against Texas.
Also like Blackmon, Williams owned up to his mistake and made it publicly known. Coach Bronco Mendenhall has a policy of not discussing in-house disciplinary issues.
Blackmon seemed introspective about his suspension. While many players might have been furious about getting suspended for something as trivial as earrings, Blackmon acknowledges the rules at his school and seemed OK with the discipline.
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