West Point leadership allows football players who cheated on exams to play in bowl game
- The United States Military Academy cited a number of athletes for cheating on a spring 2020 calculus exam on November 30.
- But university officials suspended its own rules to allow football players to play in games this season.
- The public military university has a rule against violators of its honor code from representing the university.
- Christopher Ophardt, West Point spokesperson, told USA Today that they delayed it [the rule] until final adjudication.
- Williams made the decision to allow the football players to take the field, according to USA Today.
- After being asked for the number of athletes who have been under investigation for an academic violation and how many have received disciplinary action in response,he did not respond to two emailed requests for comment in the past week.
- It is not the first time that athletes have received special privileges. In 2016, defensive back Brandon Jackson became intoxicated after a game against Rice University.
- Jackson attempted to drive his car while intoxicated.
- “It’s not about honor. It’s about whatever it takes to win,” an unnamed West Point official told the Daily Beast in 2017.
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