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Friday
Mar042011

Former BYU Player Booted For Premarital Sex Speaks Out

BYU's Brandon Davies. BYU/ABC News(REXBURG, Idaho) -- In the wake of Brigham Young University's star basketball player, Brandon Davies' suspension from the team for having premarital sex, a former athlete at the school who faced the same fate is speaking out.

Reno Mahe, a star football player at BYU 13 years ago, said he didn't take the Mormon school's strict honor code seriously.

"A girl I was dating at the time, my girlfriend at the time, was pregnant," Mahe said.

He was kicked off the football team for having pre-marital sex.

The BYU honor code stipulates that students must "be honest, live a chaste and virtuous life…use clean language" and abstain from alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee and drugs. It also bars gambling, use of pornography and homosexual behavior, though "feelings or attraction" are allowed.

Years later, Mahe is now married and says that getting suspended was the best thing that could have happened to him. Mahe went on to play five seasons in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. He said the suspension at BYU taught him humility.

Similar to Mahe, basketball player Davies has apologized to his teammates for his transgressions. The university and his teammates are rallying around the sophomore despite his suspension from the red-hot Cougars.

In the team's first game since his departure, the third-ranked Cougars lost to unranked New Mexico, a crushing blow for a team many thought was headed for a national title.

The team hopes that Davies returns next season.

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