OWENS EXPELLED FROM NAVAL ACADEMY
It's all over for onetime football great Lamar Owens. He's been expelled from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. with no degree and must pay back at least $90,000 of the cost of his college education.
The Owens case has resulted in much controversy and media attention due to the fact Owens is African-American and some of his supporters feel he's been singled out for heavier punishment because of his race. His detractors said he had disgraced the Academy and deserved to get the boot.
As of press time, MilitaryCorruption.com doesn't know if Owens will appeal his punishment to the Board for Corrections of Naval Records. He also can seek help from members of Congress and even sue the government to get his earned four-year college degree.
If we had to bet the farm, we think Owens and his friends and family will carry on the battle to the bitter end.
ANOTHER FOOTBALL PLAYER GETS
Another football player at the Navy's military academy faces ruin, even worse than Owens. Midshipman Kenney Ray Morrison has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered kicked out of the Navy. The former Academy linebacker has been convicted of "indecent assault" and "conduct unbecoming an officer"
Morrison, 24, claimed the sex was "consensual," but the alleged victim, who admitted she had been "drinking heavily" the night of the "attack," claimed the sex was against her will.
In Owens case, his alleged female "victim" cried "rape." She too, acknowledged heavy drinking at the time of the alleged crime.
While the 23 year-old football star, Lamar Owens, was cleared of the rape charges last July, he was found guilty of two lesser charges. However, a Navy panel recommended Owens "not be punished." So the Texas native won't be going to jail, but being expelled and losing his degree and diploma will be a heavy blow to the young man's future.
We don't know if either of these men forced the women to have sex with them. But we wonder when the military will get around to also punishing those who get drunk of their own accord, then wonder why they end up in bed having sex with another person. It would seem, letting one party to an illegal act escape any punishment at all, while the other gets the book thrown at them, is a miscarriage of justice. What do you think?