Part 1 of this series looked at what can happen to their NCAA eligibility when college basketball players engage in academic misconduct. While cheating and passing someone else's work off as your own will land you in trouble, so will more egregious forms of misconduct.
Sexual Misconduct Damages Ducks' Court Presence
A basketball player was booted from the University of Oregon for allegations of sexual misconduct at that school and allegations of sexually assaulting women at two other colleges the previous year. He and two other teammates for the Ducks' basketball team were found responsible for the misconduct and suspended indefinitely from the team as players, and for up to 10 years from the university as students.
In spite of this, the players have the ability to transfer elsewhere and play basketball.
Unlike professional sports leagues, the NCAA does not maintain specific sanctions for athletes found responsible for sexual misconduct, even when they are investigated and punished through their school's Title IX grievance process. Nothing stands in the way of suspended or expelled student-athletes from transferring and playing at another school.
NCAA Athletes Are More Likely to Be Disciplined
Still, college athletes are overrepresented in sexual misconduct and Title IX cases. Not only can this affect a player's career, it can seriously damage their reputation later in life.
Sometimes, schools make mistakes in punishing student-athletes, ending their academic careers and thwarting opportunities that may send them to the big leagues. Whether you're a college basketball player accused of academic, sexual, or other types of misconduct, you don't have to navigate the intimidating and complex process alone.
How Can a Student Defense Advisor Help College Basketball Players?
Joseph D. Lento works with college basketball players and student-athletes across the country, protecting them from severe punitive measures that will end their careers on the court and derail their chances of earning a valuable education. Many times, local attorneys seek to engage in costly litigation against big-name schools to get their names in the newspaper. Joseph D. Lento understands what's on the line in these cases.
The Lento Law Firm realizes that players just want a chance to demonstrate their skills on the court while getting a good education. They have the finesse to broker beneficial resolutions on behalf of student-athletes with a school's Office of General Counsel.
If you or a loved one is a college basketball player or athlete facing career-ending disciplinary charges, call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 today or visit the confidential online consultation form. Your chance to lead your team to victory on the court depends on it.