David Melson

UT drug problems need disclosure, action

Posted Sunday, November 4, 2007, at 8:37 AM
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  • I agree with all of your comments except Fulmer having to disclose what the player did. The second offense should be enough, allowing for one youthful mistake.

    I do not think the level of proof for Fulmer is as stringent as for a court conviction and therefore they are denied due process, before they are labeled a drug addict.

    In my opinion, he is treating these athletes to a level of privacy that I believe most people deserve until they are proven guilty.

    We had another blog that discussed DUI inaccuracies in testing equipment. I would hate to be labeled by accusation when innocent. I would hate for my child to be labeled for two bags of what "appears" to be something.

    If an athlete is convicted of use or possession, their name is free game. I do not know what good it will do for me or the public to know it, but it is public knowledge.

    If I am dismissed from the program because of usage or possession, I have paid a dear price for my mistakes. Throwing my name to the public is not going to help me, but it will label me and possibly give me more reason to continue my downward spiral.

    I think Phillip Fulmer is being a decent person. Expulsion should be tightened to the second offense, but don't put another nail in someone's coffin, especially without due process of law.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 11:01 AM
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