According to the online Sports Illustrated article, Hadley is now confirming he broke team and University rules by drinking alcohol. Before Wednesday, the only source claiming what caused Hadley's suspension was an email by a supposed University of Utah fan. Now with the Sports Illustrated story, Hadley is saying it himself.
Last week a self proclaimed Utah fan leaked a photo which appears to show Hadley holding a bottle of champagne. Drinking alcohol is against BYU's honor code that all students are required to follow.
"The University made the determination that there was a violation of the honor code," said Carri Jenkins, BYU Spokesperson.
At the time, BYU wouldn't confirm if the drinking allegations were true, but Wednesday an article published by author Jeff Benedict on sportsillustrated.com claims Hadley confessed he did it.
"Hadley later denied receiving extra benefits, but he admitted to partying in Vegas and drinking alcohol," said the article.
The article said last Friday Hadley made a last minute decision to join the team on a trip to the Utah State Prison to speak to inmates struggling with substance abuse. In the article Hadley said:
"I wasn't sure I wanted to be around the team," Hadley said. "I felt the shame of what had happened."
Hadley wasn't planning on addressing the prison crowd, but after some encouragement he began talking.
"I've done some things that have embarrassed my family, my teammates, my school and even my church," he said. "But I believe in redemption."
As Hadley spoke the article claims inmates were moved to tears, and gave Hadley a standing ovation. When Hadley was finished the article said coach Bronco Mendenhall commended Hadley for his honesty.
"I'm proud of you," Mendenhall whispered. "The first step on the road to redemption is to use our mistakes to bless others. And that's what you did tonight."
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