Commander William Marks, who heads the academy's public affairs office, said in an interview last week that Proctor's honor-code case was in the early stages of a review process that typically begins with peer remediation and works through several steps, potentially all the way up to the Pentagon.
Marks said Proctor's case was considered serious but that it was not clear whether he would have been dismissed from the academy.
As for Tuani's situation, Marks wrote in an email to The Baltimore Sun: "The Naval Academy holds people accountable for their actions. Holding people accountable is just half the equation; we also give them an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to improve on their leadership skills. Tuani is a good example of a midshipman who made a mistake, was held accountable, then learned from his behavior and became a better leader for it. I think he'll be very successful as an Officer."
Though not speaking on the specifics of either case, Niumatalolo said last week of his former players: "They're human. We all make mistakes. The standard is high here, and nobody makes any apologies for that. We're trying to play football at the highest level and compete, and the administrators, professors and company officers are trying to prepare these young men and women to be officers in the military. If you don't live up to the standard, there are consequences.
"I just feel grateful that Jabaree stayed the course, he's going to graduate [and] I think he's a wonderful young man. ... He made a bad decision, he suffered the consequence and the academy was going to push him to see if he really wanted to be here. They said, 'Here are some priorities, here are some steps you have to do and any missteps you're gone.' Kriss got the same choices. He decided to go a different route. I wish he would [have] stayed and graduated."
The players said in separate interviews that they take full responsibility for their actions and still cherish the four years they spent in Annapolis.
"First and foremost, I'm definitely lucky to be in the positon I'm in," Tuani said. "I'm grateful for my coaches who came to my adjudication hearings on my behalf. ... I put myself in the position I'm in right now. I don't blame anybody but myself. Hopefully if I get the opportunity to be an officer, I won't waste it and make those same decisions."
Said Proctor: "I wouldn't trade my experience at the academy for the world. I had four years of meeting some of the greatest people in this country and building relationships with them that I will have the rest of my life. I grew up so much as a person, physically, mentally, all of that stuff. I got to experience a lot of things that normal college students don't get to experience. I got a top-notch education, not just academically, but in character and integrity. I feel nothing but blessed."