A judge overturned the expulsion of Corey Mock—a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student and star wrestler—after determining that UT’s administration had improperly required Mock to prove that he was innocent of sexually assaulting another student.Legal proceedings may continue.
The decision is a significant blow to the concept of affirmative consent. According to Judge Carol McCoy, UT’s consent standard wrongfully shifted the burden of proof and violated Mock’s due process rights.
Mock’s expulsion stemmed from a sexual encounter with a fellow student, Molly Morris, during the spring of 2014. Morris and Mock had met online and quickly become friends; they hung out on several occasions and decided to attend a house party together. Morris had too much to drink—someone might have slipped her something, though no evidence established this—and went to the bathroom to be sick. Mock found her, took her to a bedroom, and they had sex.In court, however, there's a double jeopardy provision for criminal investigations. And Mr Mock is the difficult sort of poster boy for unconstitutional collegiate disciplinary policies. In that, there are parallels with Mr Kane's troubles. Girls and drinking. And perhaps, notes Chicago sports pundit and Northwestern defensive back Rick Telander, the enabling culture that cocoons emerging superstars.
A week after the incident, Morris told Mock that she had not given consent. Three months later, she formally accused him of raping her.
The campus judicial process initially cleared Mock, but UT Chancellor Steven Angle took an interest in the case after meeting with Morris. Angle asked the campus adjudicators to re-hear the case. This time, Mock was found guilty.
He has never had to grow up.And sports worries about the appearance of impropriety in ways that perhaps -- although regional comprehensive universities that look the other way at the hookup culture self-contradict -- the affirmative consent crowd would like to emulate. Different column from Mr Telander.
This is because he was identified as a hockey genius when he was just a child, and so much smoke has been blown up his behind that he might reasonably be expected to lift off the ground like a hot-air balloon.
He never went to college. He never truly matured. He never was able to shed the hockey culture of excess that has ruled for generations.
This is terrible for the Hawks. Of course, it is terrible for the woman involved — if, in fact, this situation is real and true. And for Kane, it’s do or die.
If this investigation takes a left turn for Kane and goes straight off the cliff, I don’t think it’s too much to say the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup era is over and the NHL is badly wounded.Pro hockey has always had the problem that it sells the fighting, rather than the finesse. (Call me a follower of Tarasov and the Johnsons father and son: skate without the puck and finesse the opponent.)
Higher education, however, can dial back the celebrations of transgressivity and dial back the hookup culture.