New Rhode Island basketball coach Danny Hurley already has a mess to deal with. Per the Providence Journal, Rhode Island freshman forward Jonathan Holton was arrested and charged with two counts of video voyeurism.
If Holton is convicted of these crimes, he could face up to three years in prison. His felony screening is currently scheduled for April 27th.
The 21 year old Holton allegedly filmed sexual encounters with two women and posted them on Facebook without their consent. After the arrest, Holton was suspended indefinitely from the program. The incidents took place last fall, but were reported to URI campus police within the last two weeks.
This is probably not the way Hurley wanted to start off his new job. This is a very serious offense and Holton is probably not going to win this case. In fact, I will be surprised if Holton remains a member of the Rhode Island basketball team. If Hurley wants to get off to a good start, he should cut ties with Holton immediately.
Strangely enough, we have seen incidents like this begin to pop up more and more. Student-athletes need to realize the danger that is social media. Not only was filming these acts without consent a bad idea, posting the events on Facebook for all to see was even worse.
Schools might need to start mandating social media classes for all incoming students. One mistake could seriously harm your life and change your career. No need to risk your future on something you did on Facebook or Twitter.