Yesterday we posted a recap of the news of former LSU offensive lineman aiming to transfer to UTSA for his final year of eligibility. The news generated a lot of discussion regarding Domond's legal status and the UTSA staff's decision to extend a scholarship offer to him despite his legal history.
While Domond is in the clear legally thanks to his completion of a pre-trial intervention program, the context of that process is highly suspicious.
As Ben Baby of the San Antonio's Express News points out in his article on Domond's commitment to UTSA, Domond was extremely lucky to receive access to a pre-trial intervention program.
According the attorney's office website, "crimes involving acts of serious violence... are not typically considered for this program," but the website also states entry into pre-trial intervention is solely at the discretion of the district attorney.
While people from all walks of life receive advantageous decisions from the courts, one must question whether or not Domond's status as an LSU football player weighed into the district attorney's decision to offer a rare pre-trial intervention for an extremely violent, alleged felonious act against a woman.
LSU head coach Les Miles seems to think influencing District Attorney and LSU-lifer Hillar Moore in his judicial decisions is a laughing matter, after all.
Thanks to Moore's decision to extend pre-trial intervention to Domond, we'll never be able to definitively say whether or not Domond is a threat to women as the truth of the accusations were not revealed in court.
Sure, there's a fair possibility that Domond is a great family man and this is all a misunderstanding. He is innocent until proven guilty of course. But since Domond was not declared innocent by a jury of his peers, Domond will carry the stigma of his accusations with him to UTSA's campus if admitted, creating an unsafe environment for his future peers, both male and female.
As his leading recruiter and former assistant coach, Frank Wilson knows Domond extremely well. Wilson strikes me as an upstanding man with a good heart but I believe his close relationship with Domond may be clouding his vision.
If Domond was a 6'2", 280-pound lineman from Southeastern Lousiana with the same accusations Wilson wouldn't even return his calls. Domond's physical ability has granted him the privilege to continue his football career despite the disturbing allegations leveraged against him in the past year.
UTSA has no obligation to provide Domond a second chance at playing college football and neither does Frank Wilson.
Since the facts surrounding the accusations against Domond are so cloudy, the university should err on the side of caution and block Domond from receiving a scholarship and enrolling in campus even though he was not convicted of a crime. When campus safety is potentially affected, no football transfer is worth the risk of endangering the men and women that make up the UTSA community.