In 2015, former coach Everett Withers quickly kicked three players off the JMU football team just for being charged with petty larceny. He cited team values and his responsibility to mentor young people while building a culture in the JMU football program. Is that no longer a priority?

In what was clearly an attempted sexual assault, current team member Riley Stapleton drunkenly attacked a woman who ended up in a hospital. He then was suspended for just three games.

Violence against women traumatizes people for life. Lenient treatment like this threatens the security of the entire community and damages the reputation of JMU.

Jay Zehr

Harrisonburg

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Jay Zehr

http://www.dnronline.com/sports/jmu-wr-stapleton-pleads-no-contest-to-false-imprisonment-charge/article_15ee7b0b-12b7-57d3-987a-89780d17813a.html



http://www.dnronline.com/dnronline/jmu-s-stapleton-suspended-for-start-of-season/article_f9e22527-7e83-5284-a1fc-e80d738f83a8.html



https://www.breezejmu.org/news/jmu-football-player-charged-with-class--misdemeanor-pleads-no/article_d67a2ae0-5671-11e9-8218-1325455c8712.html

mattnamyj

How many JMU students have gotten into drunken fights, driven when they shouldn't have or tried things with the opposite sex even after being denied? Should each and every one of them be suspended from school for the following semester because of their actions or is this just hate on athletes because somebody never got picked to play when they were little? Some perspective here would seem to be appropriate and applying the rules across the board would seem to make sense. I guess that's too much to ask.

Jay Zehr

You got an opinion, fine. Personally insulting me while hiding behind a pseudonym makes you a troll and a coward. I played basketball in college, not that it's relevant to this discussion.

mattnamyj

Taking cheap shots at a KID who had one bad night is truly cowardly. I don't even know the FB player but I do know so many like him that a microscope on them every single day just waiting for them to do something dumb. This kid did, supposedly but exactly what we will never know. He faced the music so let it die. Why take cheap shots? If it's true I feel awful for the girl involved, I have 2 daughters and one goes to JMU. Certainly would not want anything like this to happen to anyones daughter. That being said writing an editorial hating on a kid is pretty weak, even for a basement dweller.

Jay Zehr

It's not a "wild accusation." It's direct from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General as reported in multiple media sources. The cut the part of my letter where I mention that he was convicted. https://www.indianagazette.com/news/indiana-man-gets-probation-for-false-imprisonment/article_13187b18-b586-5e2e-a6b9-df9d97b5e850.html

mattnamyj

I wasn't there so I'm certain I don't have all the facts. That being the case I don't throw around wild accusations and run down someones name and others shouldn't either. Athletes are targets whether they want to be or not. We should really allow the justice system to handle their side and not judge based on "news" articles.

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