With Alabama’s start to spring practice set for Monday, head coach Nick Saban will no doubt be thrilled by the fact that one of his top defensive players and team leaders has found himself in a little bit of legal hot water.
By way of TideSports.com, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office website lists defensive back Mark Barron as one of 23 inmates booked on Sunday, March 20. The senior-to-be was hit with an official charge of second-degree hindering prosecution, which is a misdemeanor.
What events that led to the arrest and charge are not yet known, although TideSports.com lists the definition of hindering prosecution according to the Alabama criminal code;
“(a) A person commits the crime of hindering prosecution in the second degree if with the intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another for conduct constituting a Class C felony or a Class A misdemeanor, he renders criminal assistance to such person.”
An Alabama spokesperson told the Birmingham News that the school was in the process of gathering information on the incident.
Barron, who missed the Tide’s Capital One Bowl appearance due to a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the Iron Bowl loss to Auburn, led ‘Bama in solo tackles (54) and total tackles (75) last year. The late-season injury played a significant role in Barron’s decision to return for another season instead of joining a trio of his teammates in an early leap into the NFL draft.
The strong safety started all 12 games in which he played in 2010.