Double Secret Probation It Is!

Cooler heads prevailed and the entire Syracuse basketball fanbase breathed a sigh of relief as Jonny Flynn, Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson were all cleared of sexual assault charges SU Judicial Affairs. Of course, as is the case in life, when you're proven to have not committed a crime, you still receive some punishment.
The players -- Johnny Flynn, Antonio "Scoop" Jardine and Richard Jackson -- and a fourth student who was not on the basketball team all were ordered to be placed on university probation through the Spring semester. They also were all ordered to perform 30 hours of community service on campus, participate in gender-sensivity and domestic violence educational programs, undergo evaluation to determine if counseling is needed and to stay away from the female student, who no longer attends SU.
That actually sounds like what my roommates and I got when we got busted for a house party, minus the domestic violence programs, natch. I can put in a good word at Meals on Wheels for you guys if you like.

Lawyers for the players will not contest the decision and everyone can officially close the book on the issue. I would have to assume all three guys have learned HA-YUGE lessons in how to conduct themselves and the consequences of their actions. They got off easy. They were one piece of circumstantial evidence away from spending the next year in a courtroom, ruining Syracuse's season and tarnishing Jim Boeheim's legacy. Instead, they get a chance to do what they're here to do and do what they love. That is, assuming Scoop Jardine's car doesn't break down on the way to the first game of the season.


What did SU fans learn through all of this? That despite the logical outcome, the judicial review process is ridiculously suspect and sooner or later a situation is going to come along that won't be so easy to solve. And the board is going to make some kind of wild decision that flies in the face of constitutional rights and common sense. Unfortunately, that's probably the only way you're ever going to see changes in the process. In the meantime, let's just put our heads down and hope the action remains on the court for the foreseeable future.


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