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Details emerge in Alabama player arrests

D.J. Pettway

While Alabama has yet to comment on the arrest of four football players overnight, specifics of what led to felony charges are beginning to surface.  And, suffice to say, those details don’t bode well for the Tide football futures any of those involved. has obtained the arrest warrants for Brent Calloway, Tyler Hayes, D.J. Pettway (pictured) and Eddie Williams, which paints the latter three in a less-than-favorable light.

According to arrest warrants, D.J. Pettway, Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes punched a student’s head and face and kicked him in the ribs and back area. 

Williams and Hayes admitted to the attack, which caused cuts to the victim’s face, a mild concussion and severe swelling, according to the warrants.

An Apple laptop was allegedly stolen in that robbery.  Additionally, there was a second robbery Monday in which Williams, the website writes, “admitted to police that he punched a student’s head and face while Pettway and Hayes stood by and watched. He said that he stole the student’s wallet and later used his student identification card to buy snacks from a vending machine in the football player’s dorm.”

Williams was booked by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department on charges of second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.  Hayes and Pettway were also charged with second-degree robbery, while Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

Williams was also arrested Sunday for carrying a pistol without a license.  The details behind that arrest might actually be more disturbing than the two alleged robberies.

“A clerk in the store told police that Williams came into the store and was acting erratic and threatening that he had something in the trunk of his vehicle after a dispute about paying for gas,” TPD Sgt. Brent Blankley said in a release. “The suspect and other occupants of the vehicle left the store and began messing with something in the trunk. The clerk then called the police.”

All four players have posted bond and are out of the county jail.

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34 Responses to “Details emerge in Alabama player arrests”
  1. louhudson23 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    If this is truly the case,then these young men have lost their minds and their place on the team. Reefer and bar fights are one thing.Assault and robbery are obviously quite another. No explaining ,condoning or excusing it. Young fellows need a little pocket money and not having any is a difficult thing in a college environment. But this is not going to be good for anyone…..

  2. palmbeachbuckeye says: Feb 12, 2013 11:39 AM

    Typical Day in the S-E-C. Punishment will be suspension for the Spring Game, Chattanooga, and Georgia State.

  3. tlmoon2112 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:40 AM

    Im surprised they didnt tell the cops they were members of the football team. They’d have likely let them go.

  4. mgscott says: Feb 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    Will this arrest cost these players part of their salary next year at alabama?

  5. mrpickled says: Feb 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    Yep. Sounds about right. 5 star recruits = 0 star brains

  6. tlmoon2112 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:45 AM

    By the way, its not just their football team that are a bunch of psychos. I heard a former Alabama football player this morning on the radio say that the reason the Pope resigned was because Alabama kicked Notre Dame’s ass in the BCS Champ Game.

  7. sdemp says: Feb 12, 2013 11:45 AM

    Unlike Manti Te’o these kids will be praised for their actions and telling the truth. . . its the society we live in.

  8. canehouse says: Feb 12, 2013 11:46 AM

    That’s some pretty bad stuff… Had they only swiped a CC and used it at a local watering hole… While still very wrong… I could understand it a little bit… those things happen… We are dealing with teenagers. But roughimg the victim up before taking his stuff… Those kids are wildly out of control… They need to be punished by the law and gone for good from the university and obviously the privilege of being on the team.

  9. mogogo1 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:53 AM

    How dumb are these guys? Multiple football players in a group go around stealing wallets and laptops–even using stolen ID cards to buy things–thinking they’re not going to be identified?

  10. mountaineer50415 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:01 PM

    The law of the land is that people should not steal. It does not say, ” unless you are out of pocket money.” Everyone is not born with a silver spoon in their mouth thus many people spend part of each month without pocket money. These guys have a scholarship to a fine college. They can get a fine education for free and they have an opportunity to become NFL material. They just threw all of that away, and how much was in their pockets before they chose to steal is not material. louhudson23 is the one that is out of his mind.

  11. bralinshan says: Feb 12, 2013 12:22 PM

    As a Bama fan, I’d say good-bye for good to all 4…these types of things are not minor and typical 20-year old behavior…

    These are the types of kids you don’t want around your team….or the campus.

    Hit the road jack….

  12. DicksSportingWoods says: Feb 12, 2013 12:26 PM

    Could be worse, they could have traded merchandise for tattoos.

  13. bricktop02 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:30 PM

    Roosters being Roosters.

  14. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    As more info comes out it goes from bad to worse for these young men.

    Inexcusable. Period.

    I am sure Saban will take appropriate action–permanent dismissal and the school should do likewise. “Thugs” definitely fits them and they have now tossed a great future away.

  15. WingT says: Feb 12, 2013 12:34 PM

    It will be interesting to hear Saban’s response to this and especially how the athletic department chooses to handle it. These are not minor charges and unfortunately for these kids, they probably will be removed from the program.

  16. pacodawg says: Feb 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    Give the players a stipend…………when are are done with college pay the university back tuition (credit) when/if they get a job or make it to the NFL.

  17. domerboyirish says: Feb 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    Just another example of the talent gap between alabama and notre dame. Unlike Tommy Rees, these players out ran the police.

  18. bricktop02 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:39 PM

    How long is it going to take Rev. Al and Jesse Jackson to get down to Alabama to tell everyone what fine and upstanding kids they are?

  19. tigersgeaux says: Feb 12, 2013 12:43 PM

    Saban will boot the thugs out. The school should do the same. This is definitely bad.

  20. Deb says: Feb 12, 2013 12:52 PM

    Seriously??? Were they on drugs or something? How could these nuts think this was going to end well for them???

    Yeah, they’re done on the football team, scholarships gone, on their way to jail … deservedly so.

    Why would you completely derail your lives like that???

  21. Slim Charles says: Feb 12, 2013 1:18 PM

    bricktop02 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:39 PM

    How long is it going to take Rev. Al and Jesse Jackson to get down to Alabama to tell everyone what fine and upstanding kids they are?


    Haha agreed. Also, it’s too bad Williams wasn’t white, – he’d be a conservative hero for exercising his first amendment rights and “standing his ground” for free gas!

  22. Slim Charles says: Feb 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    *second amendment, I mean of course. It SHOULD be the first one though!

  23. 11inthebox says: Feb 12, 2013 1:38 PM

    @Slim Charles:

    Brilliant response.

    But you don’t want to confuse him. His concept of heroes and villains is etched in stone. And you know the people who subscribe to his line of reasoning are ALWAYS right.

  24. ajgreenshands says: Feb 12, 2013 1:40 PM

    We need to start euthanizing worthless human beings like this.

  25. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Feb 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    I posted this on another thread, but worth repeating:

    My daughter was a cheerleader at Arnold High School where Eddie Williams played football. I am very familiar with this kid. This is no surprise. Not that he was an overtly bad kid, he was just allowed to do whatever he wanted to do — drink, smoke drugs, not practice.

    Huge talent, no doubt. Seemed to have a supportive family. Things like this are the dividends paid by a culture of privilege. When some rules don’t apply, you begin to think that NO rules apply.

    Of course I hope it is all just some kind of misunderstanding–like I said not a bad kid. Unfortunatley this is what happens when the adults who are in charge of preparing you for the future are are too busy exploiting your talents. I’m talking to you, Coach Hale.

  26. kozbee says: Feb 12, 2013 2:15 PM

    Williams getting busted for carrying a firearm with no permit,i cant understand why he was out on the streets.These 4 imo should still be behind bars,this is just wrong letting them go,what might they do tonite.

  27. stlouis1baseball says: Feb 12, 2013 2:44 PM

    These kids sound like down to earth…humble individuals who have wonderful work ethics.
    Real squared away…
    Next up…(4) new Scholarship offers to equally “squared away” individuals.

  28. lasseter1113 says: Feb 12, 2013 3:29 PM

    As a Bama fan this really pisses me off that these kids did this. What we as Bama fans have to put up with from the haters is bad enough already and then they go and do something like this? Why on earth would they gamble with their futures like this? They had an opportunity that a bunch of kids would kill for and they just pissed it away. These kids should be kicked off the team immediately, plain and simple. Another thing that really sucks about this is Brent Calloway had really started to show promise on the field. I really thought he had gotten his act together. Guess I was wrong. Well at least all the people that hate the SEC can sit on their high horses, while looking down their noses at us, tickled freakin’ pink that this happened. Congrats haters, you got some more material for your tired sad acts…That being said I have all the faith in the world in Saban and I know he will do what is best for the team. Alabama fans made fun of Auburn fans when those four Auburn football players got arrested last year, now karma has come back around and bit us in the ass because of it. Be careful what you say people or it will be your team next. If it can happen at TCU it can happen anywhere…

  29. classyjacklambert says: Feb 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    If this is true, being suspended indefinitely is the least of these guys worries. Williams will be facing serious prison time for assault and battery if not attempted robbery for the gas station incident, if the prosecutors have any intestinal fortitude. The other three, at the very least, can be charged with accessory to the fact which will mean a short stint, but bye bye playing careers.

  30. topauthority says: Feb 12, 2013 6:44 PM

    3 scholarships just opened up a week after signing day….SWEET! maybe a few “gray shirts” will be called up

  31. txnative61 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:34 AM

    On the heels of another #1 ranked recruiting class, few things could derail the Alabama juggernaut. Leave it to immature athletes to find a way that might disrupt that chemistry. More likely they will serve as a reminder to the able replacements hungrily wanting their scholarships and quickly be forgotten.

  32. omniusprime says: Feb 13, 2013 9:02 AM

    Nothing says Alabama better than armed robbery. These four Alabama players shouldn’t have been let out of jail, let them rot to teach them a lesson. Hopefully none of these gun toting criminals will ever get to play in the NFL. Oh wait the NFL is the perfect place for gun toting criminals, just ask Ray Lewis.

    It’s way past time for the NCAA to investigate Alabama’s program because no college can be as successful without cheating and there’s little doubt that Alabama has been cheating it’s way to national championships for too many years.

    Alabama – Home of Gun Toting Criminals!!!

  33. manchestermiracle says: Feb 13, 2013 10:06 AM

    Where’s the outrage from Alabama fans for the coaching staff? Who recruited these chumps? Just what kind of due diligence is being done regarding character? Is the football-field talent level so overwhelmingly important that a lack of character is ignored? Roll (over) Tide….

  34. jbaxt says: Feb 13, 2013 4:42 PM

    More guys should just make up their day to day lives, like Manti T’eo.

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