With domestic violence at the forefront of America’s minds right now, especially when it comes to athletes accused of domestic assault, the SEC is trying their best to make a statement about how serious it is. Thus, the conference announced over the weekend that they will ban any transfer into the SEC that has history with domestic violence.
The restriction was proposed by Georgia, and although some doubted that this new rule would be adopted, the SEC was adamant about reshaping their image and making a social statement in the process. SEC executive associate commissioner Greg Sankey was the voice behind the charge.
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“[There was] not a lot of variance at the end of the conversation,” Sankey said. “I actually think the league came together on this issue. There were healthy conversations.”
As adopted, the proposal states that “a transfer student-athlete who has been subject to official university of athletics department disciplinary action at any time during enrollment at any previous collegiate institution (excluding limited discipline applied by a sports team or temporary disciplinary action during an investigation) due to serious misconduct (as defined herein) shall not be eligible for athletically-related financial aid, practice or competition at an SEC member institution.”
With the Ray Rice, Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy cases tainting the image of the NFL of late, the SEC wanted to be proactive, as their have been far too many cases of domestic and sexual assault cases on college campuses nationwide. Sankey is hoping other conferences follow suit while helping bring more awareness to this serious issue.