Concerning Yates, that is a very good question, and one that will have to be answered by the powers that be. I have long been a huge Yates fan, though he came along after I graduated and I only saw him play a couple of times (most notably when he almost single-handedly took down UR during their Dick Tarrant heyday at the Robins Center). But yes, to what extent he should be recognized is a tough question. Did he have dirty hands? Yes. Was he murdered because he was trying to turn himself around, come clean, and was a threat to others? Maybe. Was he up to his eyeballs in the drug culture and sinking deeper? Perhaps. We will never have the answers, but it seems to me, and I may be completely wrong, I don't think you can have a Mason sports hall without him included in some way. To me, how, is the question.Unfortunately, we don't know all of the facts related to Carlos Yates' death - https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ex-george-mason-star-slain/2011/12/14/gIQA0t7PuO_story.html
"Yates, 27, was shot several times in the chest shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday near 18th and East Capitol streets SE, across the street from Eastern High School. He was taken to D.C. General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
D.C. police said they believe the slaying was linked to drugs. No other details of the shooting were available, and officers said they had no suspects.
Yates was arrested in Maryland this spring and charged in U.S. District Court in Baltimore with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, said Harvey E. Eisenberg, an assistant U.S. attorney in Baltimore and coordinator of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Eisenberg said last night that Yates’s trial was pending and that he was out on bail."
Was Yates murdered in retaliation because he was cooperating with law enforcement after his arrest?
IMO, in deciding who are worthy to be inducted into the GMU Athletic Hall of Fame, character and conduct must be considered in the nomination process. Yates and Jason Miskiri are former basketball players whose athletic excellence should be considered for nomination. But, should their criminal or alleged criminal conduct after their GMU career disqualify them for nomination? In the case of Miskiri, I believe that he has made amends for his criminal activity and should not be disqualified for nomination.
GMU needs to determine whether Carlos Yates' conduct after his GMU career disqualifies him for nomination to its Athletic Hall of Fame. And, then move on and reactivate the Athletic Hall of Fame.