Ex-UConn Player Gets Three Years

Ex-UConn Player Gets Three Years

There are 29 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jan 31, 2008, titled Ex-UConn Player Gets Three Years. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

On a February night 12 years ago at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, UConn basketball player Eric Hayward was at his best, scoring double digits and blocking shots in a victory over Providence that earned him praise ...

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IQ of a Coconut

Hartford, CT

#1 Feb 1, 2008
It's too bad he's still being associated with UCONN. Eric Hayward had hands of stone, lacked hussle and had the IQ of a coconut!!! He happened to be in the right place, at the right time. Tv interviewed him once after a game and it was embarassing. He couldn't put together a complete sentence!!! So this story is not as tragic and sensational as the Courant depicts. It was going to happen eventually.
Ex-cop

AOL

#2 Feb 1, 2008
Multiple counts of statutory rape and sexually assault while in a care giver role nets only 3 years? How do you plea bargain 60 years down to 3? This is insulting to the victims and the citizens of the State of Connecticut. Govenor Rell you listening?
Ex-cop

AOL

#3 Feb 1, 2008
Multiple counts of statutory rape and sexually assault while in a care giver role nets only 3 years? How do you plea bargain 60 years down to 3? This is insulting to the victims and the citizens of the State of Connecticut. Govenor Rell, you listening?
Chim Ridgalds

United States

#4 Feb 1, 2008
Ex-cop wrote:
Multiple counts of statutory rape and sexually assault while in a care giver role nets only 3 years? How do you plea bargain 60 years down to 3? This is insulting to the victims and the citizens of the State of Connecticut. Govenor Rell you listening?
Yes, please Governor Rell can you do what you do best. Make up new rules/laws in reaction to anything that happens.(note the sarcasm)
jeff

United States

#5 Feb 1, 2008
IQ of a Coconut wrote:
It's too bad he's still being associated with UCONN. Eric Hayward had hands of stone, lacked hussle and had the IQ of a coconut!!! He happened to be in the right place, at the right time. Tv interviewed him once after a game and it was embarassing. He couldn't put together a complete sentence!!! So this story is not as tragic and sensational as the Courant depicts. It was going to happen eventually.
But in his worthless life all he has is brief shine at Second Class U, his real accompliehments are just starting
hentyspark

Mesa, AZ

#6 Feb 1, 2008
Just three years? Again, O"Reilley is right with Jennifer's Law. These sick perverts have to spend a minimum of 25 years in jail. That will cool off his winkie. Big deal, he played for UCONN. The sicko needs to be away from children. Great sentence Connecticut. My money is that the he will hurt another child the same way as he said it all with "I don't care".
Paco

Tenafly, NJ

#7 Feb 1, 2008
It just goes to show that UCONN will admit anyone and I mean anyone to the school as long as they can produce on the basketball court. This combined with the Jerome Dyson incident is once again an embarassment to UCONN basketball. Hayward just used the system to his advantage and the system(UCONN athletics) let him do it. Yes this happened after he left school but he had issues as a student as well but the school looked the other way.
Disturbed

Newington, CT

#8 Feb 1, 2008
Trust me the death of his brother had nothing to do with what he did to these little girls. And he still says he didn't do anything wrong. The jerk has no remorse whatsoever.
jim

Buena Park, CA

#9 Feb 1, 2008
Oh please, it is absurd to blame UConn - or any other school - for the behavior of its student athletes. Beyond absurd when the behavior takes place long after the students have left the unversity.

Citing the recent Dyson incident to bolster that ill-conceived point is - of course - rediculous. There's an enormous gap between consumption of alchohol by a minor and statutory rape. I'm not condoning what Dyson did, but honestly, let's have some perspective here.
Paco wrote:
It just goes to show that UCONN will admit anyone and I mean anyone to the school as long as they can produce on the basketball court. This combined with the Jerome Dyson incident is once again an embarassment to UCONN basketball. Hayward just used the system to his advantage and the system(UCONN athletics) let him do it. Yes this happened after he left school but he had issues as a student as well but the school looked the other way.
William Howard Taft

West Hartford, CT

#10 Feb 1, 2008
Another UCONN success story! Warm up the cell, Dougie Wiggins will be joining you down the road.
Electrocuted in CT

United States

#11 Feb 1, 2008
Three years, What a shame.

Time off for good behavior, equals, out in a few months.

State employee rapes young girls in psychiatric care and all he gets is three years?

The best the judge can do is talk about his basketball days?

I hope when he gets out he lives right next door to all of the young girls in the judges family, because the way he will be sleeping at night is the same way any other decent family will sleep knowing that this child predator is around looking for the weak ones. After all, he knows he is only going to do a few months for his crimes.

THANKS FOR NOTHING JUDGE!
AGAIN

United States

#12 Feb 1, 2008
TAKE THE GUY OUT OF THE GHETTO GIVE HIM A FREE RIDE IN COLLEGE AND HE IS STILL A GHETTO GUY.3 YEARS IS A CRYING SHAME!!!NICE GOING JUDGE!YOU MUST BE A ROWLAND APPOINTEE?
Pathetic

Bristol, CT

#13 Feb 1, 2008
"Platt said both girls wanted a stiffer prison sentence for Hayward. They did not attend Thursday's court hearing."

While what he did to those girls was clearly unacceptable, we shouldn't forget that they voluntarily had sex with the creep, so they should share at least part of the blame. I'm sorry, but a 15 year old girl should know better!
anonymous

Windham, NH

#14 Feb 1, 2008
This is an insult. Our society is backwards. He RAPED 2 girls while in a position of authority over them and only gets 3 years? Wonder what Calhoun thinks of this incident involving "one of his kids"?
anonymous

Windham, NH

#15 Feb 1, 2008
a 15 year old cannot give consent. Are you serious????? Why are you blaming the victim?
Pathetic wrote:
"Platt said both girls wanted a stiffer prison sentence for Hayward. They did not attend Thursday's court hearing."
While what he did to those girls was clearly unacceptable, we shouldn't forget that they voluntarily had sex with the creep, so they should share at least part of the blame. I'm sorry, but a 15 year old girl should know better!
Paco

Tenafly, NJ

#16 Feb 1, 2008
In regards to UCONN being absolved of any responsibility about Hayward the university has a responsibility to counsel kids when they are making bad choices. Intervening at any age can although does not always prevent future incidents. In respect to Dyson I am pretty sure there is more to the story than meets the eye. Having worked in both Division I and II athletics schools are very good at hiding part if not all of the truth.
Waquoit

United States

#17 Feb 1, 2008
The bigotry in this comment section is just amazing.
FAV

East Hartford, CT

#19 Feb 1, 2008
Waquoit wrote:
The bigotry in this comment section is just amazing.
Amen!
William Howard Taft

West Hartford, CT

#20 Feb 1, 2008
So is Eric "I'm a convicted sex offender" Hayward.
Waquoit wrote:
The bigotry in this comment section is just amazing.
Pathetic

Bristol, CT

#21 Feb 1, 2008
To Anonymous,

While a 15 year old cannot legally give consent, she could have kept her legs crossed. He didn't physically rape these girls, it was a statutory rape.

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