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Baylor & NCAA Display Unethical Decisions on Silas Nacita

Once Homeless, Fighting to Survive Leads to Player Ineligibility…


The NCAA and Baylor football program has really out done themselves now. On February 25th, Baylor announced that running back Silas Nacita has been removed from the team and will no longer be a part of the program. He was removed for receiving impermissible benefits last summer before the start of the season.

The benefits that Silas received were accepted out of shear desperation and survival mode. The Cornell transfer accepted a place to live and eat because the young man was 100 percent broke and homeless. 

“A few months before enrolling, a close family friend approached me and said they didn’t want me sleeping on floors and wondering how I was going to eat the next meal,” Nacita wrote on his @Salsa_Nacho Twitter account, “so they insisted on putting me in an apartment and helping out with those living expenses

 “Silas Nacita will not be a part of the football program moving forward due to rules violations that impact his eligibility,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a statement released by the school. The school thanked him from for his contributions and will not be putting in a waiver for him.



You have got to be kidding! This is pure moral disengagement that is being displayed by the NCAA and Baylor athletic department.  The story of a young college football player rising up with from homelessness is truly inspiring and humbling at the same time. Then you have the NCAA and the player’s own school shutting him out.  The school does not want to help him with the NCAA and the NCAA is denying that they took his eligibility. Then Baylor is pretty much responding with he broke the rules, he violated his eligibility so that is that.


Baylor Head Coach Art Briles.

A great college like Baylor teaches ethics and social responsibility, just like any other college. So maybe individuals like Head Coach Art Briles and Athletic Direct Ian McCaw should look at themselves in the mirror and ask each other “Are we living what we are teaching?”  Then enroll and take a night class on moral law.

The NCAA has no idea what they are doing either. If the association would just simply practice virtuous perspectives toward players and not egoism perspectives about themselves, then maybe there would be at least some correct outcomes.

Florida State, QB, Jameis Winston has been accused of sexual assault, screaming obscenities and shoplifting. He was suspended for a half of a game. Former Texas A & M QB Johnny Manziel was found by the NCAA selling autographed memorabilia and was suspended for a game…oh wait no that was for a half as well. Georgia, RB, Todd Gurley was suspended for autograph memorabilia and the re-instated weeks later. The examples of higher misconduct can go on forever.

What the NCAA and Baylor are telling their fans, their teammates and the rest of the sports world is that a player cannot play because he did what he had to do to survive, to eat and find shelter. Yes, he received a benefit from a personal friend, but this is about ethics and circumstance. These are kids trying to do well and the fine print can clearly support executives to be evil. 

Silas has admitted to providing misleading information to cover himself from falling into trouble. He did not hurt, steal, take, glamour anything from anybody. He was saving himself. He was preserving his football status and his livelihood. He has taken full responsibility and has a professional attitude about it. But anybody with a soul knows what he is feeling inside.




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