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Didn't see this posted, but looks like Christian Lemay got the full 30-day suspension. They are going to appeal it, and depending on the outcome, may transfer schools.

Here is the article on AJC:

University of Georgia-bound quarterback Christian LeMay has been suspended from North Carolina’s Butler High School for 30 days for an undisclosed school system rules infraction allegedly committed toward the end of spring semester.

However, the LeMay family is appealing the recent ruling by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and his father insists the eventual outcome will not impact his son’s ability enroll at UGA and play football for the Bulldogs.

If LeMay’s appeal is unsuccessful he may transfer to a private school to complete high school, his father said.

“The original ruling has him reassigned to a CMS alternative school for 30 days,” Pastor Stacy LeMay said late Tuesday. “We are hoping for a more favorable outcome with the hopes of attending Butler, along with his brother [uriah] and teammates. . . . However, if the ruling is not overturned we would be forced to pursue other options that would best enhance his future goals.”

An out-of-school suspension of 30 days was the maximum punishment for the infraction. The exact nature of the violation has never been revealed. Mr. LeMay emphasized that “it did not involve drugs, weapons or any form of violence.”

Initially a disciplinary hearing was held at the CMS offices in Charlotte on June 14th and a decision was expected to come within seven to 10 days. But the deliberation extended beyond that and now Mr. LeMay says a “final outcome” is not expected until “the end of August.”

Meanwhile, LeMay is unable to practice with the Butler High football team or participate in any school activities. And now his family has broken the silence they’ve maintained since the news of his alleged infraction was broken by the Charlotte Observer on June 11th.

On Tuesday, Stacy LeMay agreed to answer questions from the AJC about his son’s disciplinary travails provided that they were submitted via email and as long as his answers would appear in their entirety. I agreed to those conditions.

On the impending appeal: “We are expecting a more favorable outcome than originally determined. We are hopeful that CMS will be more reasonable, understanding and not maintain the original severe ruling for such a youthful infraction. Christian has been a model young man and has not had as much as a lunch detail in his school history. If we all lost our license for a first offense speeding violation there would not be many drivers on the road.”

On whether the suspension would prevent Christian from enrolling in college: “Rest assured that the infraction is not one that should cause any school that was recruiting Christian to be concerned. Again, it does not involve drugs, weapons, or any form of violence that would make him a threat to any college campus. He is the same Christian LeMay everyone knows and loves who made a youthful, unwise decision that is currently being judged with an overkill ruling.”

On their dealings with Georgia: “Nothing has changed concerning his plans to attend Georgia this coming spring. He is highly anticipating being a Bulldog and embracing the quality coaching and mentorship from the UGA coaching staff. He has received great support from UGA recruits and they all look forward to seeing him at ‘Dawg Night.’”

On Christian’s response/reaction: “He has certainly experienced disappointment in himself since the infraction. It also hurts him to not be able to be out on the field with his teammates preparing to defend their state championship. However, he has come to resolve that life and his playing days are not over and that his best days are in front of him. This hardship experience is actually increasing his faith and causing him to grow all the more as a mature man of God. We all go through times in which our faith commitment must stand trial. After confessing and forsaking his error he is moving forward and standing like a Champion.”

Stacy LeMay then issued this statement:

“Christian, his mother and I are very thankful for all the emails and encouraging comments from all across the nation. To everyone who reads this article, I would ask you to consider: If every youthful error you made was written up in an article, how large would the article be? If they were all placed on the news, how long would the video run? Thank you for your prayers for our family. Christian will rebound from this incident and reclaim his path to a great and successful destiny.”

LeMay completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards and 44 touchdowns with just two interceptions in leading Butler (15-0) to the North Carolina Class 4A state championship last fall. He chose the Bulldogs from a list of 35 scholarship offers in late April, including finalists Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

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They threw the book at him! I'm betting that he will have to transfer schools. It sounds like they are pretty strict and upset about the situation. What are the odds that UGA pulls his offer? I am hoping zero since he didnt break the law just a school policy.

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They threw the book at him! I'm betting that he will have to transfer schools. It sounds like they are pretty strict and upset about the situation. What are the odds that UGA pulls his offer? I am hoping zero since he didnt break the law just a school policy.

Zero chance and the coaches know the situation and he will be a Dawg.

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Well hopefully, if the infraction isn't terribly serious the school district will relent and lessen the punishment.

That being said though, I find it hypocritical for his father to imply that the young man has become stronger in his faith in God, while also feeling disappointed in himself; and then turn around and say that Christian may have to transfer schools.

If the kid did something wrong, and knows it and he's already stable in his offer from UGA, AND he wants badly to defend his state championship, and play with his team mates, then he should accept the punishment that comes from the appeal and plan to participate after the suspension is over. There's no need for him to transfer at all.

This is a father trying to hold a school district hostage by threatening to take his kid away from the football program. If Lemay let himself, his family, his school, and his team mates down by doing this then he shouldn't make it worse by leaving school. His father should tell him to "man up", take the suspension and prepare to help his team get back to the championship game.

As wrong as this suspension MIGHT BE, the response of the family to it, is more damaging to the kid in the long run.

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Sweet! Sounds like someone has a grudge against him.

That's what I was thinking, someone is upset he's tenatively headed to UGA.

That doesn't even begin to make sense. The district might be guilty of overdoing the punishment in an effort to avoid looking like they are playing favorites with a great player. Or they may be over reacting because they want to make it known that nobody can get away with doing whatever he's guilty of doing, even if they are a star player. Or the district might be following the rules as written and the kid just screwed up.

But you folks shouldn't be treating the kid like a victim of some gross injustice. He screwed up... he broke a rule... and he's getting punished. That's the end of the story.

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That doesn't even begin to make sense. The district might be guilty of overdoing the punishment in an effort to avoid looking like they are playing favorites with a great player. Or they may be over reacting because they want to make it known that nobody can get away with doing whatever he's guilty of doing, even if they are a star player. Or the district might be following the rules as written and the kid just screwed up.

But you folks shouldn't be treating the kid like a victim of some gross injustice. He screwed up... he broke a rule... and he's getting punished. That's the end of the story.

Just an assumption and figuratively speaking sir. I don't even know what he did so I'm not passing judement. No one is arguing the fact that he should suffer a punishment, its the way of the world. All I know is they took an extremely long deliberation and its just fishy to ME!

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That doesn't even begin to make sense. The district might be guilty of overdoing the punishment in an effort to avoid looking like they are playing favorites with a great player. Or they may be over reacting because they want to make it known that nobody can get away with doing whatever he's guilty of doing, even if they are a star player. Or the district might be following the rules as written and the kid just screwed up.

But you folks shouldn't be treating the kid like a victim of some gross injustice. He screwed up... he broke a rule... and he's getting punished. That's the end of the story.

I completely agree with you.

It's not like he broke the law or something and he's being thrown in jail. He broke the rules enough to be suspended out of school. If it doesn't affect UGA's offer or LeMay's commitment, I don't know why any UGA fan should feel the need to argue anything on LeMay's behalf.

Just because he's a good QB and he's headed to our team doesn't mean he is right in all circumstances.

An appeal is fine... perhaps 30 days is harsh, but regardless he needs to do his time and return to his school if he is a young man with any honor whatsoever.

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That doesn't even begin to make sense. The district might be guilty of overdoing the punishment in an effort to avoid looking like they are playing favorites with a great player. Or they may be over reacting because they want to make it known that nobody can get away with doing whatever he's guilty of doing, even if they are a star player. Or the district might be following the rules as written and the kid just screwed up.

But you folks shouldn't be treating the kid like a victim of some gross injustice. He screwed up... he broke a rule... and he's getting punished. That's the end of the story.

An unfairly harsh punishment is nearly as much of an injustice as a punishment leveled on an innocent party. He broke a rule, and he's getting punished as severely as you can be punished under the school guidelines, despite the non violent/illegal nature of the offense.

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An unfairly harsh punishment is nearly as much of an injustice as a punishment leveled on an innocent party. He broke a rule, and he's getting punished as severely as you can be punished under the school guidelines, despite the non violent/illegal nature of the offense.

UGA fans are only taking issue with this because it's LeMay. Why aren't you guys in an uproar about all the other kids that get suspended for 30 days out of school?

LeMay doesn't deserve any less of a punishment from the next kid simply because he's a star player who chose Georgia. He broke the rules.

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I can tell you one thing. His Dad has a big mouth and needs to shut up. I'm getting tired of hearing it in the media. When his son gets to UGA the coaches are not going to put up with dad's big mouth. LeMay better be ready to compete because if he isn't you can bet his Daddy is going to try and cause trouble. Christian screwed up and his Daddy is already making threats about transfering High Schools to avoid punishment and saying he is going to come out like a Champion. His Dad is not helping the kid IMO.

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An unfairly harsh punishment is nearly as much of an injustice as a punishment leveled on an innocent party. He broke a rule, and he's getting punished as severely as you can be punished under the school guidelines, despite the non violent/illegal nature of the offense.

Okay, that's fine and well, but he IS BEING PUNISHED WITHIN THE GUIDELINES OF THE DISTRICT. And that's all that matters. Nobody even knows what he did wrong, and yet you're saying that the punishemnt is unfairly harsh. I would think the school district could decide what is fair and what isn't.

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UGA fans are only taking issue with this because it's LeMay. Why aren't you guys in an uproar about all the other kids that get suspended for 30 days out of school?

LeMay doesn't deserve any less of a punishment from the next kid simply because he's a star player who chose Georgia. He broke the rules.

^^^^ Truth^^^^

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UGA fans are only taking issue with this because it's LeMay. Why aren't you guys in an uproar about all the other kids that get suspended for 30 days out of school?

LeMay doesn't deserve any less of a punishment from the next kid simply because he's a star player who chose Georgia. He broke the rules.

Carter what you said goes with any fan base. Of course they are going to discuss a player that is committed to them more than another player and care more about the situation. I do find it funny we have guys who are trying act like they know what is better for Lemay and his dad regarding what he should or shouldn't do. No one on this board has any idea what is going on up there and to pretend anyone does enough to give advice and make judgments on lemay or his dad is comical as well.

LeMay deserves the punishment that has been given to past students instead of being punished as an example. That is not what the school system is supposed to do. They are supposed to treat him as if he is just a student and if Christian's dad feels that is ridiculous and has an issue with it he is doing what he should do and I hope they get it worked out. Many times max punishments are never given, but they are a guide and the problem is sometimes athletes are punished more than other students have been just to show they aren't giving any favoritism which is baloney. I don't know enough personally to say one way or the other (even those who do have said it's a very harsha penalty for what happened), but if the appeal fails there is nothing at all wrong with Christian transferring to another school to play ball.

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An unfairly harsh punishment is nearly as much of an injustice as a punishment leveled on an innocent party. He broke a rule, and he's getting punished as severely as you can be punished under the school guidelines, despite the non violent/illegal nature of the offense.

Mr. Pickle1, guys who know more than I do about what is going on (not uga guys either) believe the ruling is a travesty and are quite upset. They did the max punishment to make an example out of christian and show they don't give special treatment to athletes. Their words not mine. It's a big reason why Christian and his dad are looking for him to transfer and I believe that is their right too, but before they do they will try the appeal process and see where that goes. Either way things will work out for him and his family.

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Carter what you said above is just an obvious observation. That goes with any fan base. Of course they are going to discuss a player that is committed to them more than another player and care more about the situation. I do find it funny we have guys who are trying act like they know what is better for Lemay and his dad regarding what he should or shouldn't do. No one on this board has any idea what is going on up there and to pretend anyone does enough to give advice and make judgments on lemay or his dad is comical as well.

LeMay deserves the punishment that has been given to past students instead of being punished as an example. That is not what the school system is supposed to do. They are supposed to treat him as if he is just a student and if Christian's dad feels that is ridiculous and has an issue with it he is doing what he should do and I hope they get it worked out. Many times max punishments are never given, but they are a guide and the problem is sometimes athletes are punished more than other students have been just to show they aren't giving any favoritism which is baloney. I don't know enough to say one way or the other, but if the appeal fails there is nothing at all wrong with Christian transferring to another school to play ball.

Right now he is just a high school kid that plays football. When he is a college student-athlete with a full ride scholarship to a top institution, he IS held to a higher standard.

It's just funny to me that UGA fans want to get all upset about a UGA commit getting suspended for messing up in high school, but if he comes to UGA and he's a d-bag the fanbase will turn on him.

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Right now he is just a high school kid that plays football. When he is a college student-athlete with a full ride scholarship to a top institution, he IS held to a higher standard.

It's just funny to me that UGA fans want to get all upset about a UGA commit getting suspended for messing up in high school, but if he comes to UGA and he's a d-bag the fanbase will turn on him.

Well our comments are about him in high school not in college so i won't address your other comments because they don't apply. Most fans are tough on their own when they screw up.

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It's just funny to me that UF fans want to get all upset about a UF commit getting suspended for messing up in high school, but if he comes to UF and he's a d-bag the fanbase will turn on him.

It's just funny to me that USC fans want to get all upset about a USC commit getting suspended for messing up in high school, but if he comes to USC and he's a d-bag the fanbase will turn on him.

It's just funny to me that Bama fans want to get all upset about a Bama commit getting suspended for messing up in high school, but if he comes to Bama and he's a d-bag the fanbase will turn on him.

Etc., etc.

Funny how that works and doesn't lose a bit of truth... ^_^

Should have said "some ___ fans", though.

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UGA fans are only taking issue with this because it's LeMay. Why aren't you guys in an uproar about all the other kids that get suspended for 30 days out of school?

LeMay doesn't deserve any less of a punishment from the next kid simply because he's a star player who chose Georgia. He broke the rules.

Men only take issue with gf they have that is cheating, not the girl down the street they plug on a monthly basis. People by their very nature only tend to become involved in things that involve them or those they support.

I'd still feel that it was an injustice if it wasn't a UGA player, I just wouldn't care. The concern here isn't that he should receive less punishment, but rather that he is receiving more than such an offense warrants, perhaps precisely because he is a high profile school athlete, and the board is either full of geeky types who spent their entire hschool career feeling jealous of the star qb, or perhaps because they want to make an example of him. This is NC, not Ga or Florida or Texas, and the faculty might actually have less than stellar opinions of the schools athletes, and relish and opportunity to lay them low when it arises.

30 days for a first time offender for doing what all young men do(have sex) seems harsh, regardless of how it sliced.

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Okay, that's fine and well, but he IS BEING PUNISHED WITHIN THE GUIDELINES OF THE DISTRICT. And that's all that matters. Nobody even knows what he did wrong, and yet you're saying that the punishemnt is unfairly harsh. I would think the school district could decide what is fair and what isn't.

Wouldn't you say it is quite similar to how the justice system works? For any given offense, you could get say, a maximum sentence of 15 years behind bars. Lets say there are two criminals, who both "commit" the same crime(doesn't matter what it is). One had a huge amount of extenuating circumstances, and while he did commit the offense, everyone who hears of it thinks that in all fairness, he should have gotten off. The other is a hard bitten criminal who laughed while he did it, with no extenuating circumstances. The "less offensive" one pleads and admits his guilt readily. The tough guy refuses to cooperate, and lies about his innocence at every opportunity.

For whatever reason, the judge who handles the sentencing decides to give the nice guy the full 15 years, with no possibility of parole. The tough guy gets the absolute minimum, with the possiblity of swift probation.

While both punishments FALL WITHING THE GUIDELINES OF THE LAW, I doubt you'd find many people feeling that justice had been served. The simple fact that they CAN do something in no way means that they SHOULD do it.

And apparently the school is having extreme difficulty in determing what the punishment should be, requiring additional time before making their decision.

I think we all have an idea what he did. And I think we all know that of a long string of things that could be done and would have also been punished by at most a 30 day suspension, it is a farce to use the harshest possible punishment on a RELATIVELY minor offense.

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Etc., etc.

Funny how that works and doesn't lose a bit of truth... ^_^

Should have said "some ___ fans", though.

Well we're not talking about any other fanbase here now are we? I'm a UGA fan and I think that if he broke the rules then he should accept his punishment. His punishment is not up to him, the fans, or his father for approval. It's called accountability and maybe it's a lesson he needs to learn.

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