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Convicted Rapist Gets Football Scholarship — Right Call?

Star high school football player Daniel Hood had 27 scholarship offers, until the universities got wind of his 2003 convictions for kidnapping and raping his 14-year-old cousin when he was 13. His then 17-year-old accomplice is now serving a 10-year jail sentence.

Lucky for Hood, one scholarship remains. Every other school retracted their offers, but the University of Tennessee concluded that, "He's a very bright young man who wants to move past this incident and be a good representative for the team, the university and the community." UT also says that the victim wrote a letter on Hood's behalf, urging them to accept him.

While many may think it's outrageous that Hood will get a free education and the perks of playing college football, the University of Tennessee is prepared to give him a second chance.


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ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
Just to play devil's advocate, it is a known fact that ex-felons cannot get any kind of financial aid from the government. So for those of you who say he should get a second chance, but he's not deserving of a scholarship, what do you say about the situation now with this extra addendum of information.
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
I can't believe UT. That's unforgivable.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
@hyno don't include me in your ignorance, because you were too busy being an apologist for a rapist that you couldn't click on a link to find out what happened to this poor girl. well because you don't seem to know what you're talking about i read the articles and he and another raped that girl with a foreign object. and maybe unlike you, when there's a violent crime involved, which has a high reoffending rate, i'll err on the side of caution rather than "reason", although i don't know what facts you used to form a reasonable opinion considering that you obviously didn't read the article easily found by others detailing the horrors inflicted upon this girl.
nourhayaty nourhayaty 8 years
he was just 13 he deserve another chance!
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"I can certainly understand your concern but again (we)no nothing about the details of his actions or the case." If you read the article, it links to another article with some disturbingly detailed descriptions of what happened. It involves duct tape, a toilet plunger, and Kool Aid. I was a lot more understanding of this guy before I read what actually happened.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
*we (know) nothing.... Argh word use..word use
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
sloene220 I can certainly understand your concern but again (we)no nothing about the details of his actions or the case. What we do know however is that the victim herself endorsed this decision as someone else stated in an earlier comment and reason would have it that his history has been gone over with a fine tooth comb taking into consideration the information that again (we) are not privileged to and his record of commitment to change for the good. I choose to side on the side of reason and it is certainly your prerogative to side on the side of fear.
tickledpink tickledpink 8 years
I know we don't know the whole story or even the true story, but I still don't see how this is right. At 13 he should have known better than that. I agree that he deserves a second chance because of his young age I do not think a free college education is in order. As someone who graduated in the top ten of my class at a large high school and had good sat scores, I received less than $1000 in scholarships. So I do not think these scholarships should have been awarded.
sarah100682 sarah100682 8 years
Wonder if he is a sex offender?
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
i chose the no answer but i dont think he needs to go back to jail, i just think there are more dserving people looking for scholarships.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
Wow, I'd feel really safe as a woman attending that university, or as a parent sending my child there. I think what the UT rep meant by "he is a bright young man..." is that "he's a great football player and we want to win so we will look past rape, theft, cheating and any other offenses he or our other players commit." Yes, he was young and PROBABLY (though we don't know) not the instigator of the attack, and maybe he should be given a second chance, but that doesn't mean getting a free ride just because you can play football. Or hey, maybe I'm wrong; maybe they are just preparing him for the pros where if you're a good athlete, there are no negative consequences to rape. So are rapists getting academic scholarships too, or do they have to play sports?
sparklepants sparklepants 8 years
since he was so young, it seems as though he deserves a second chance. perhaps we're not getting the whole story. maybe the 17 yr old was the mastermind and he just got sucked in. who knows. maybe it was consensual. yes, i know underage kids can't consent, but maybe they thought it was ok. you can't be so quick to judge without all the facts. he didn't go to jail for a reason i'd like to think. in saying that, i certainly do not think he should be handed a scholarship and a chance at football. i think that scholarship should go to a kid that hasn't been convicted of rape. he should be allowed to walk-on though. or maybe a partial scholarship until he proves himself. i'm not saying he shouldn't have a chance, it just shouldn't be handed to him.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
@hyno-i don't give a damn if he's the served the punishment for his crime. for some reason sexual offenders have one of the highest reoffending and recidivism rates but have some of the most leinient sentences, particularly juveniles. who knows if this is an isolated incident? i personally wouldn't want him on a college campus with unsuspecting vunerable young women where's there a lot of drinking and drugs, who knows what kind of shit he might pull? and there are a lot of hard working kids out there who didn't get together in concert with an accomplice to rape a young girl with a foreign object. if he got into the school fine, but he shouldn't be allowed in co-ed dorms and he shouldn't be getting a scholarship.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 8 years
Give the scholarship to the rape victim. It's not like this guy stole a car or bought drugs...he violated a 14 year old in a heinous fashion, and should not be rewarded for it, I don't care how old he was at the time. Sorry, but 13 year olds today are not the same as they were 30 years ago. If he turned his life around, bully for him...but he shouldn't get a free ride for it.
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I was raped by 2 guys that were 20 when I was 16. Rape ruins second chance!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
"There are several hard working kids out there in the need of a college scholarship, why did they have to pick him? " Because he's a good football player. I think most of the people who get football scholarships probably got them before other students who are more academically deserving, that's just the way the system works. They're not handing them out based on character.
sarah100682 sarah100682 8 years
I am torn. What he did was horrible, there is no question in that. But, if this is someone who honestly made a stupid mistake while young, then I believe he deserves the chance to have a good life. If he is just another loser who didn't learn his lesson, well I hope he proves he's a dirt bag before the money is spent.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
No second chance. No scholarship.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
wow. sickening.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
He was a minor... the case is closed.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I'm a little confused by this, but whatever the case, he shouldn't receive a scholarship for this. He was convicted in a court of law for kidnapping and raping this girl with a toilet plunger! I don't care how old you are, that is absolutely ridiculous for any PERSON to do to another PERSON. And it's not like at 13 years old you're completely naive and stupid to THAT extent. I'm pretty sure he knew what he was going along with was very wrong and probably reprehensible - but he decided to do it anyway. Sure, he hasn't had any problems since then, but that is a SERIOUS offense regardless, and it probably will [and I think should] follow him for the rest of his life - but won't it get expunged when he turns 21 anyway? So it will be like it never happened when he finishes college/wants to play in the NFL? And the linked article made what I think is a very important point, that I'll reprint here (emphasis mine): "Were he not a football player, he would probably be stuck in a dead end job with no respect, no college scholarships, and no opportunities. (Not optimum, by the way. Just truth.) *If he were a young man of color, well, we all know that his punishment would have looked far different.* Instead, he's a white guy with a natural talent for throwing a pig skin, and as a result, he'll get a free college education and, quite possibly, could make millions in the NFL. All that money and glory will make the heinous sexual assault of his youth seem like a bad dream. " *Real talk:* I don't know what's going on here, but this guy is DEFINITELY getting some preferential treatment. I doubt that they are this lenient with everyone who has committed a heinous crime in their past that wants to play college football. Everyone needs to be treated *equally* if they're going to play this game. By all means, let this guy go to school and better himself, he can even play football. He still shouldn't get any rewards [like the scholarship] to do so. He's got enough rewards already [such as: not being IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE - like most people would have been in the same situation, being able to finish school and apply to college, obtain the support of his victim, and has the opportunity to better himself].
kia kia 8 years
it isn't like he is getting a scholarship to enter the priesthood. I'm sorry, but not all pro or damn near pro athletes at big schools are that honorable.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
It still seems like he got away with something horrible. I know people deserve second chances but I mean, the 17-year-old accomplice is serving jail time, and this guy gets free ride through college? I guess it's not fair for me to make that call. I suppose he has moved on, as has his victim. He better be a damn good football player.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I agree with Hypno, he deserves a second chance.
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