Provo • As is their custom, BYU officials would not reveal the nature of senior Spencer Hadley’s transgression when they announced Tuesday that the star linebacker was suspended five games for violating the school’s honor code. However, a photo obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune from the University of Utah via a Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) request that depicts Hadley partying at what appears to be a Las Vegas club sheds some light on what may have led to the suspension.
A source with close ties to the program also said Hadley had been suspended after clubbing in Las Vegas. Documents obtained from the U. show that a person calling himself “Darren Lucy” and a “die hard Utah Utes fan” e-mailed the photo to Utah’s compliance office, at 2:16 p.m. Monday. The U.’s compliance office forwarded the photo/e-mail — which also alleged potential NCAA violations — to BYU Director of Compliance Chad Gwilliam 12 minutes later.
Tuesday morning, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall announced that Hadley, a starting inside linebacker, had been “suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.”
Kind of torn 50/50 on this one. Didn’t know what direction to take this in. Like on the one hand, I love college football rivalries. Love how the fans legit DESPISE each other. Love how the players hate each other’s guts, most likely without even knowing them. It’s what makes it so great. So when you’re a die hard Utes fan and see a BYU linebacker out clubbing in Vegas, you’re kind of hardwired to take as many pics as possible and spread them around the internet and blow his shit up. But emailing it immediately to the compliance office? Going directly for the big guns with the intention of getting him kicked out of school and shit? Just seems kind of low. I mean putting it up on your Utah message board and letting it go viral on its own is one thing, but a direct email to compliance? Can’t really get down with that. Like the trash talk should be handled on the internet and the bad blood should be settled on the field. Can’t be spying and sending shit to compliance officers and athletic directors and shit like a tattle tale pussy.