The wealthiest schools do the most corrupt things for the road to riches and championship rings.
In Texas, football is a religion. At Baylor, football has clearly started to trump the religious values the school was based around. It is nothing new to see schools pretend to be blind to the athletic superstars on campus doing “bad” things like drinking, having too much fun and sometimes even dancing. Let’s look at a list of things the Baptist religion has found “bad” over the years. (This is written from personal experience and a collective list I gathered among associates).
Halloween – demons.
Harry Potter – wizards aren’t real
AC/DC & Alice Cooper – Highway to Hell?!? Eating BATS?! SATAN
Short skirts – NOT APPROPRIATE
Bikinis – Y R U NAKED
Magicians – JESUS WAS THE ORIGINAL MAGICIAN
Feminism – OBEY THE MAN
The LGBT community – WTF I DON’T UNDERSTAND SO IT IS WRONG
Drinking – JESUS DID NOT DRINK WINE. EVER.
Masturbation – EVERY SINGLE TIME U DO THIS GOD KILLS A PUPPY
Dancing – DANCING WITH THE DEVIL U MEAN
Sleeping in – GET UP, IT IS SUNDAY AND TIME TO WORSHIP
Not tithing – GIVE ALL UR MONEY TO A MEGA CHURCH
Bad words – BAD WORDS ARE NOT ALLOWED
Yoga pants – THEY TEMPT MEN AND MAKE THEM THINK IMPURE THOUGHTS
Sex outside of marriage – DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT
With the majority of these things being REALLY REALLY fun… you have to ask yourself how people even want to go to a religious school to begin with. In a world of recruits getting lap dances, cash, instant social media fame and then some, how in the world was Baylor going to keep up and ALSO stick to their very sacred morals and values? Well, they weren’t. The cost of winning comes at a price for most schools, regardless of location. Art Briles was no dummy, he knew exactly what he was doing the moment he started recruiting guys that were not allowed to play on their current squad due to behavioral issues.
The Baptist undertones of Baylor are there to assure prospective students and families that they are an upstanding university that will protect each student equally and do their best to prevent the “bad things” from happening. When the university fails miserably to provide a safe environment for sexual assault victims, this lands on the head of the university, Ken Starr. When the football program protects and works with police to hide allegations against their precious football players, that lands on the head of the football team, Art Briles.
Straight from the Baylor Sexual Conduct policy:
Baylor will be guided by the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God and that physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity. Thus, it is expected that Baylor students, faculty and staff will engage in behaviors consistent with this understanding of human sexuality.
Great, grand, wonderful. Now we have kids coming from a religious background that sex was forbidden, entering into a college environment that does not allow sexual acts outside of marriage. Why is this an issue? Mainly because Baylor can always use the excuse with sexual assault victims that they were not supposed to be engaging in such activities in the first place and shame them. Wonderful. The entire idea behind shaming people for what they do with their bodies, how they dress, or what music they listen to is ass backwards. Treating sexual assault victims like they were to blame for even thinking about being involved with such vile activities is completely wrong. Making people afraid of coming forward because of a policy or an Honor Code that is in place to keep order? Total bullshit.
On the road to Big 12 glory, Baylor dropped the ball with their football players being allowed to sexually assault women and behave as if the rules did not apply to them. On the pathway to competing with powerhouse TCU, Briles sacrificed morals and values for touchdowns. On the rise to the top of the nation’s football programs, Baylor decided that winning was more important than the fundamentals of their university. Once Baylor finds violence against women and rape as sinful as they do sex outside of marriage, the victims and their families can begin healing one day at a time. For now, the university fired Ken Starr to make a point of what? All they have done is make a point that protecting their precious football program is more important than firing the man that knowingly brought in players that have a history of violence/assault, knew all about and helped cover up these cases.
Do better, Baylor.
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