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Tide’s top tackler arrested on misdemeanor charge

Mark Barron Mugshot

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, 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 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.

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21 Responses to “Tide’s top tackler arrested on misdemeanor charge”
  1. Deb says: Mar 20, 2011 4:19 PM

    Well, until we know more, what can Bama fans say other than we shouldn’t get bent out of shape over a misdemeanor. Hindering prosecution could be something as simple as a cop being a jerk to your friend and you telling him your friend didn’t do anything. Not to be disrespectful, but some cops are full of themselves.

  2. oregontrash says: Mar 20, 2011 5:26 PM

    Deb, not to be disrespectful, but I think you need to read the elements of the crime again. There is an entirely different criminal code under Alabama state law for the example you gave.

  3. WingT says: Mar 20, 2011 5:41 PM

    We need all the info before we start accusing police or players.

  4. WingT says: Mar 20, 2011 5:52 PM

    By NBC13 Staff | WKRG, Mobile
    Published: March 20, 2011

    Mobile-native and University of Alabama safety Mark Barron is out of jail on bond.

    Mobile police arrested Barron Sunday morning at a home on Butts Street and charged him with hindering prosecution, which is a second-degree misdemeanor. Police tell WKRG in Mobile Barron lied to police in an attempt to cover for his cousin who left the scene of an accident.

    Someone called 911 about 5:00 a.m. to report an abandoned vehicle on I-10 at Michigan Avenue. When the officer arrived, Barron was with the car, which had hit the retaining wall. Barron told police a man he only knew as “Bull” had taken his car from Shotgun Willies, a night club in the 4100 block of Government Blvd. But during the investigation, police learned Barron’s cousin, Jamal Lang, is actually the one who was driving the car at the time of the crash. Lang will be issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.

    Barron was booked into Mobile Metro Jail around 7:30 a.m. He was released about 45 minutes later on a $500 surety bond.

  5. WingT says: Mar 20, 2011 6:11 PM

    And here is more details regarding the arrest – looks like Barron is in a little trouble here. It will be interesting to see what Mr. Saban has to say about this tomorrow during his scheduled press conference


    MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – UPDATE: 4:12 P.M. Mobile Police Spokesman Christopher Levy called FOX10 News to give more information about Mark Barron’s arrest Sunday morning.

    Levy told us officers were called to the scene of an accident around 5 a.m. at I-10 and Michigan Avenue. The vehicles were heavily damaged, but no one was injured and one of the drivers had left the scene of the accident.

    When the officer arrived, Mark Barron was on the scene. He told the officer he had been at a nightclub on Airport Boulevard, when a person he only knew as “Bull” took his car without permission.

    During the investigation, the officer determined that the driver was not “Bull,” but Barron’s cousin Jeremy Lang, and Lang had been the driver to leave the scene of the accident.

    When the officer asked Barron about the situation again, Barron continued to insist the driver of the car was “Bull.”

    The officer said he gave Barron multiple chances to tell the truth. The officer explained the consequences for Barron not telling the truth. Barron still refused to change his story.

    Barron is charged with hindering prosecution 2nd degree, which is a Class A misdemeanor and can carry a jail sentence of up to one year.

    The officer says Lang will be issued a ticket for leaving the scene of the accident, and have to go to court.

  6. gatorprof says: Mar 20, 2011 6:21 PM

    Yawn, stupid kid stuff. Wonder if Bull is Lang’s nickname.

  7. Slim Charles says: Mar 20, 2011 6:53 PM

    The charge sounds like one of those fishy ones the cops like to give you to pad their stats.

    Just sticking up for his cousin, he shouldn’t get in any trouble for that. Who cares? Aside from bitter Auburn fans I guess.

  8. oregontrash says: Mar 20, 2011 7:15 PM

    Yeah, poor Mr. Barron. He attempted to file a false police report by saying some guy took his car without permission, which just happens to be a FELONY (vehicle theft or taking car without permission, both felonies). He was even given several opportunities to tell the truth, but stuck to his original story. BTW, good thing the other driver wasn’t hurt or Barron’s cousin would have done time on a felony charge. He got very lucky.

    Hey Slim, maybe the cop was a miserable racist as well. hahahaha

  9. Deb says: Mar 20, 2011 9:37 PM

    @oregontrash …

    I never read the elements of the crime in the first place, doofus, because JT didn’t post them. Nor did I claim to know the elements of the crime in any way shape or form. :roll: I simply made the correct (whether people like it or not) comment that he was charged with a misdemeanor and sometimes cops get too big for their britches. So do commenters.

    And if I want to know anything about the Alabama criminal code, I’ll ask the criminal defense attorneys in the family who run a successful practice and teach law school there :roll:

  10. Deb says: Mar 20, 2011 9:43 PM

    And there’s WingT “we need more info before we go accusing cops or players” … I wasn’t accusing the cop of anything. :roll:

    I swear sometimes people dissect a comment to the point of nuttiness.

  11. Deb says: Mar 20, 2011 9:45 PM

    gatorprof is the only sane person on the thread today.

  12. oregontrash says: Mar 20, 2011 9:46 PM

    Doofus?… LOL, Debbie-do, the elements of the crime ARE listed on the first page. Are you retarded, or just fat and lazy?

  13. Deb says: Mar 21, 2011 12:15 AM

    Not retarded, fat, or lazy.


    And not much in the mood for smart-ass trash from Oregon taking an insignificant comment and going all elements of the crime and Alabama criminal code on it because he’s trying to look BMOC on a football blog.

    Baby, if you’ve got to show off here in Anonymity World, it must be because you don’t have much to show in a world where everybody knows your name.

    As I said:roll:
    He was charged with a misdemeanor.
    So it really doesn’t matter to Bama fans.
    And it could be much ado about nothing.
    (Which it was.)

    You illiterate or just obnoxious?

    No … don’t tell me … let me guess.

  14. oregontrash says: Mar 21, 2011 1:57 AM

    Honey baby, I apologize for making the fat n lazy comment. I’m sure you’re a real sweetheart. As you can see in my initial post, I did not attack you in any way. I’m sorry you took it that way and felt it necessary to call me names. I was no better and did the same.

    You’re right, I just being a little obnoxious. I never said it was the crime of the century, but this kid should get some punishment. Let’s just stick with the facts and not minimize the incident because Mr. Barron is a football player.

  15. polegojim says: Mar 21, 2011 2:07 AM

    Speculation, but smells like DUI or driving with a suspended license and fleeing the scene to avoid prosecution.

    Sadly, I’ve seen that deal to often.

    Too bad Lang thought more of himself than he thought of Barron.

  16. edgy says: Mar 21, 2011 9:17 AM

    I think that this is a classic example of why some of these kids need to be prepared to shed baggage before they become pros or even enter college. I used to find myself in trouble for things that my friends did and I final shed my best friend because I was tired of bailing him out of jail. It’s one thing to protect a friend but if they keep doing things over and over, knowing that you’ll be there to bail them out, what have they learned, other than that you’re an easy mark who will make life easier for them. One day it’s an incident like this and later on, it could be trying to cover up for a stabbing at a strip club. Time for him to wise up and find a better class of friend.

  17. stairwayto7 says: Mar 21, 2011 9:48 AM

    A Bama and yet another SEC arrest? Stay classy inbred southern man!

  18. Deb says: Mar 21, 2011 11:31 AM

    @oregontrash …

    Deal, darlin’. Today is the most stressful of my year so I’m wired the night before. Sorry if I jumped for no reason.

    Wouldn’t cut him slack for being a player, but would cut him slack for being a stupid kid trying to protect his cousin.

    Based on the articles WingT posted, it was a one-car accident with no injuries. Barron gets credit for staying at the scene and taking the heat. He was booked and spent some time in a cell, which should have shaken him up. Have you ever seen Saban go at his players? Looks like a giant Chihuahua on a rampage. He probably got an unpleasant session of that, too. Along with the misdemeanor charge, that’s punishment enough for this “crime.”

    I agree with edgy that what he most needs is intensive counseling about the dangers of getting sucked into his friends’ issues. If he fulfills his promise, he’ll be a pro prospect, and getting pulled down by family and friends has destroyed many pro players. But it’s easy for us to tell these young men to cut those ties. It’s a lot harder for them to do it.

  19. gatiger says: Mar 21, 2011 4:29 PM

    This one is pretty mild in comparison to some of the very serious things we see from these kids.

    Would like to hear the transcript of the conversation between Saban and Barron. If Barron has any smarts to him at all, it would be Saban only speaking with Barron doing a whole lot of listening.

    These things have to drive coaches just absolutely crazy.

  20. 11inthebox says: Mar 21, 2011 5:14 PM

    That’s an interesting take. But you gotta realize how things work in the modern game. Coaches who don’t get the best players, can’t win all of their games and go to BCS bowl games. When that happens, they get fired.

    The players know this. Most are pretty decent kids. But even the decent kids will make poor decisions. Like this kid. This is really nothing. Sounds like Barron is protecting someone who has probably protected him.

    But other players will push the envelope a little. They know the coach wants and demands discipline from his players. But the players also know the coach is being evaluated for one thing—wins.

  21. Deb says: Mar 21, 2011 8:37 PM

    @11thinthebox …

    We know coaches’ jobs depend on winning, and winning depends on being a good recruiter. Nick Saban is one of the best recruiters in the game, and Barron’s situation doesn’t have anything to do with recruiting. Coaches jobs have depended on their W/L record for as long as they’ve been keeping score–that’s not a feature of the modern game. And Saban’s job at Alabama is one of the most secure in college ball.

    gatiger hit it right on the head: Barron probably is a decent kid who simply made a bad decision. But since a lot of their time is spent wrangling kids, these are the kinds of things that drive coaches nuts.

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