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Alabama releases statement on player arrests

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For those looking for a quick boot for the four players arrested Monday on various charges, you’re going to have to wait a little longer.

In a statement attributed to Alabama athletic director Mal Moore (pictured, left), the university expressed disappointment in the actions of four of its football players — running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and defensive back Eddie Williams – that resulted in felony charges yesterday but stopped short of addressing the futures of the individuals with the football program.

“This is a very serious matter and we are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes. In this type of situation, the Athletics Department works in conjunction with the University. We will have more to say at the appropriate time.”

Head coach Nick Saban has yet to comment publicly on the arrests of his players that led to charges ranging from second-degree burglary and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

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26 Responses to “Alabama releases statement on player arrests”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Feb 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    This is a very serious matter, but since the NCAA turns a blind eye to this entire conference, we’re going to eventually let this slide once the heat is off.

    #YOLO

  2. cubano76 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    WOW! I never knew how much Brent Calloway and Nck Saban looked alike.

  3. halbert53 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    This is part of a plan for a new sequel to The Longest Yard. Sandusky will coach the prison team, and they will stomp the Big 10 champion in cold weather.

  4. woebegong says: Feb 12, 2013 12:42 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Feb 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    Sounds like a little jealousy on your part. The SEC gets punished just as much as anybody when the “INSTITUTION” is guilty of infractions. No university can babysit athletes for 24/7 and all you need to do is look at the CFB arrest record for the last year, “Police Blotter”, and you will see that it is far from an SEC blotter as all schools have kids that make stupid decisions with the head stuck up in the lower intestinal track of their body.

  5. thekatman says: Feb 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Turning boyz to men, ‘bama style (now play the soundtrack)

  6. mikebrownmustdie says: Feb 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    take it easy on them…it’s not like they did anything THAT BAD…like trading personal property for a tattoo or something…they’re good boys…

  7. kiopta1 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:58 PM

    “Athletics Department works in conjunction with the University.” You would like to think so.

  8. Deb says: Feb 12, 2013 12:58 PM

    Because they’re Bama players, I want the university to kick them out NOW. But if they played for any other team, I’d say the university has to wait for the legal system to run its course.

    What I’d really like is for any university to conduct psychological research into why kids do this kind of stuff … just screw up their whole lives like this.

  9. tigersgeaux says: Feb 12, 2013 1:09 PM

    Get them psychological help, certainly and life counseling, but kick their butts to the curb, which Saban and Bama will do soon.

    Maybe the NFL can fund the research, oh wait, the NFL has covered up the head injury stats for decades now, so why will it do that?

  10. thegamecocker says: Feb 12, 2013 1:16 PM

    @Deb

    You can’t fix stupid and these players are just that. If the psych research you suggest would result in tactical actions to persuade doing this type of behavior BEFORE it is executed, then it would be money well-spent. Colleges take kids from weak character families and expect them to perform differently when they arrive on a college campus. Isn’t that the description for insanity? To expect something different when the action is the same over and over?

  11. pricecube says: Feb 12, 2013 1:17 PM

    They were probably all hopped up on deer antler spray.

  12. TxGrown says: Feb 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    “This is a very serious matter and we are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes…”
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    Those “student -athletes” crazy wacky kids…sigh.

  13. Deb says: Feb 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    tigersgeaux says:

    Maybe the NFL can fund the research, oh wait, the NFL has covered up the head injury stats for decades now, so why will it do that?
    ————————————————-
    Omigosh … that is the single most brilliant sentence you have ever written on this blog. Kudos.

  14. Deb says: Feb 12, 2013 1:36 PM

    @thegamecocker …

    No, you can’t fix stupid. Funny, but I woke up this morning to a note from a friend reminding me you can’t fix stupid and it’s futile to try. But all this waste still makes me very sad, and I can’t help wishing there were a way to stop it.

    On the bright side, there are success stories. Donald Driver just retired from the Packers, and he grew up in the worst circumstances imaginable. Some do take their opportunities and make the most of them, and that’s something to celebrate.

  15. friarjack61 says: Feb 12, 2013 1:39 PM

    Kick them out of school. These bums are not in college for academic purposes…….put them back on the streets, where they can become elite gang members, now that they played ‘college football’ !!

  16. sabatimus says: Feb 12, 2013 2:06 PM

    I wouldn’t say that these players will stay stupid for the rest of their lives. They did something incredibly stupid, and should reap the punishment accordingly. However, when they reach their mid thirties or so perhaps they’ll look back and say “wow what the HELL was I doing???”

  17. thegamecocker says: Feb 12, 2013 2:23 PM

    @sabatimus

    Yes, when and if they reach their 30’s they may look back and realize how futile their decisions were. In the meantime, I’m not willing to allow them to potentially injure someone else by their actions. This was a felony and needs to be dealt with severely. Being dismissed from U of Al should be step #1. The court system process should be step #2. Step #3 should be to publicize this so that others will see the consequences and hopefully not follow in the foot steps…..

  18. gatorprof says: Feb 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    They need to be immediately suspended until this is sorted out via the legal system.

    If they did this, then they should be gone. If not, reinstate.

    That being said, the evidence is pretty damning against them.

    This is also not what I consider stupid kid stuff. Violent robbery (domestic violence, rape, etc.) isn’t the same as smoking weed, DUI sans injuries, bar fight, etc.

    No second chance if true. If true, they will likely see jail time.

    Just sad that these kids are stupid enough to throw their lives away like this. Glad that their victims didn’t get hurt worse or killed.

  19. pdcooper08 says: Feb 12, 2013 2:44 PM

    Well said Gator, I concur with you. Their are several good points made by a majority here.

    It’s nice to see theirs people that still believe in right from wrong and expect one to be held accountable for their actions. I’m sure in this matter they will be.

    I don’t often see that where I am from or in the job I do. I hope for these kids they didn’t just throw their futures away. What a waist

  20. rsmeans says: Feb 12, 2013 3:42 PM

    There are absolutely no threats to Alabama repeating. They will repeat and do it easily. The arrests today are embarrassing and a minor bump but recruiting thugs is a problem for everybody when the red flags are often difficult to assess. Alabama is going to roll and the insignificant “haters” are going to multiply at the bottom of the barrel.

  21. manchestermiracle says: Feb 13, 2013 10:29 AM

    woebegone:

    Institutions get punished for the actions/inactions of “student-athletes” whether the institution knows about them or not. Reggie Bush arranged a rent-free home for his folks in San Diego, 150 miles from the USC campus. USC got hammered by the NCAA for not knowing about it. Apparently universities are expected to field their own nation-wide surveillance teams.

    rsmeans:

    The attitude of your post is why y’all get no love from non-‘Bama fans.

    Still not one comment regarding how these (very) thinly-disguised thugs ended up on the roster of an organization that claims to be the best in college football. One bad apple is something anyone can miss. Four? That’s an institutional flaw. What does Saban really stand for if he is permitting the likes of these bozos on his team? Recruiting talent without regard for content of character is the epitome of the shameless pursuit of “win at all costs.” Congrats.

  22. lasseter1113 says: Feb 13, 2013 10:32 AM

    @rsmeans

    Hells yeah, I completely agree. It took me a minute after this happened to step back and remember Alabama is a well oiled machine and even the best machines in the world malfunction every now and then. Thank god we have the best machine fixer in the bizz…We have to remember we are the champs, this crap comes with the territory, by that I mean all these people hating. They only get happiness out of something bad happening to Alabama or any SEC school for that matter. On the other hand we get to experience the TRUE joy that they wish they could experience by winning National Championships. This will blow over and it will be business as usual. So let the haters hate and we will continue to celebrate, Go SEC and ROLL TIDE my friend…

  23. lasseter1113 says: Feb 13, 2013 10:48 AM

    @manchestermiracle

    What the hell are us Bama fans suppose to say then huh? We are suppose to agree with all the people SLAMMING Alabama and Coach Saban? I don’t think so. What would you do then if one of the things you loved with all your heart was under attack? Just sit back and let people bash it? Sure this is a crappy situation and those players should NEVER see the field for Alabama or any school for that matter again after what they did but what are we as Alabama fans suppose to do about it? It’s over and done with. Nothing we can do about it now. Why don’t you call out all the other fans of other teams for what they have said? So it’s NOT ok to defend your team but it is ok to say all kinds of mean and heinous things about other peoples teams right? Can you at least admit that people absolutely LOVE the fact that this happened so they can look down at us? You know it’s true, I know it’s true, and everybody that is on here knows it’s true. It’s just another day in the life of being the champs…

  24. lasseter1113 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:37 AM

    “One bad apple is something anyone can miss. Four? That’s an institutional flaw”

    ——————————————————–
    Oh yeah Manchester, ever heard the saying ‘One bad apple spoiled the bunch’??? Oh and there is NO WAY any other program in America could have this happen. So what’s your excuse for TCU??? How’s the view from your high horse btw??

  25. manchestermiracle says: Feb 14, 2013 1:02 AM

    lasseter1113:

    Calm down, nobody did anything to you. Seems to me you’ve invested just a bit too much into something you admit you have no control over. You ‘Bama fans don’t need to say anything, especially not in defense of criminals.

    This story is about Alabama, not TCU or any other school. Last time I looked TCU wasn’t the defending champs like ‘Bama. Added scrutiny comes with the territory.

    When you’re the top dog you have to realize everyone else will be after your crown. When your fans brag endlessly about their team’s “dominance” a story like this tends to scuff up the shine on that trophy.

    Lastly, stop taking other fans’ childish criticism so personally. I don’t respond to sophomoric taunts from immature baiters whose only satisfaction comes from trying to tear down someone else’s team. All I did was point out that Saban’s halo is looking a bit askew.

    My take on your posts is that perhaps you should step back a bit and ask yourself why your own sense of who you are can be so easily shaken by the irresponsible actions of a few players. You either have a direct investment in that team or else you need to get a life.

  26. manchestermiracle says: Feb 14, 2013 1:06 AM

    Oh, and people absolutely loved the fact that the team I root for, USC, became the first ever team to have a pre-season #1 ranking and ended up way out of the top 25. So? Let them have their fun. It isn’t like SC never won a NT and not like they won’t ever again.

    Root your heart out for your team, gloat when you win it all, just don’t whine like you’re being hosed when things don’t always smell rosy. If you can’t take the bad with the good then you don’t deserve the good.

    Oh, one last thing, paragraphs buddy, paragraphs.

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