Smith decision unacceptable

By Bryan Thompson

I could not agree more with the Daily Illini’s editorial on the Smith decision. It definitely seems that there is a double standard for high-profile athletes in our school and that is to the detriment of the student body and the reputation of this school.

When an athlete behaves in a disgraceful and unprofessional way or commits a crime, they should be removed from the team and not be allowed to taint the school’s reputation further. It is time that we put academics and fairness first and not allow thugs and criminals to be the public face of our University.