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Saban addresses dismissal of four players

Alabama's head coach Saban instructs his players as they take on the LSU Tigers during their NCAA football game in Baton Rouge AP

Earlier this afternoon, Nick Saban confirmed what’s long been a foregone conclusion: four players arrested in connection to a pair of robberies had been dismissed are no longer associated with the football program.

In response to the “parting of ways” with running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and defensive back Eddie Williams, the Tide has sent out a press release with quotes from Saban addressing the decision.

Here are the quotes, in their entirety:

“Based on all the information we’ve received and gone through in trying to determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no longer associated with the football program. Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect. It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened. I’ve been really proud that over the last five years our team has done a very good job of their personal responsibility and how they represent the university, what they have done in the community, the classroom and on the field.

“We are going to continue to do as much as we can in personal development and character development in our program with education to try to help our guys have a chance to be more successful in life. Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.”

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17 Responses to “Saban addresses dismissal of four players”
  1. tony34343434 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    to steal a line from foul play:

    Middle schools have warned the students: BEWARE OF THE DWARF, now that Saban is recruiting in junior high, hahah.

    i wonder if they were all starters how quickly they would have been gone.

    With bama standards only thing they did wrong was get caught.

  2. mauldawg says: Feb 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    Reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect. How about pulling a scholie from one recruit and giving it to another. I think that may have happened on signing day.Yea NS is a prize.

  3. rolltide510 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    “tony34343434 says:
    Feb 27, 2013 4:34 PM
    to steal a line from foul play:

    Middle schools have warned the students: BEWARE OF THE DWARF, now that Saban is recruiting in junior high, hahah.

    i wonder if they were all starters how quickly they would have been gone.

    With bama standards only thing they did wrong was get caught.”
    ——
    Yessssss my son. Let the butt hurt flow through you.

  4. scalpemseminoles says: Feb 27, 2013 5:00 PM

    Saban is glad four players were arrested! he can count them getting kicked off as four more scholarships towards the NCAA cap which he is 10-12 players over as it is.

  5. thraiderskin says: Feb 27, 2013 5:24 PM

    This was the right call and Saban is correct, I’ve heard little, as far as trouble, coming out of Bama while the players are student-athletes. 4 jerks do not get to define a program.

  6. bigdinla says: Feb 27, 2013 5:30 PM

    Wow! You guys are really bitter. Grow up already.

  7. cameron poe says: Feb 27, 2013 5:30 PM

    Wait! Hang on a second here guys! You mean to tell me that Alabama and Nick Saban are the only school/coach in history to pull a “scholie” and give it to another player? And hang on what is this “news” about having a few bad apples? Man I guess I’m just glad this sorta thing isn’t happening at every school, in every state, across the entire US.

  8. rsmeans says: Feb 27, 2013 6:00 PM

    It always amazes me about the stupidity and jealousy of fans (See most of the above comments) in reacting to a serious matter. Well I suppose losers and stupidity go hand in hand. Two of those players were 5 stars and two were high 4 stars and three played significant time last year. None had ever committed a misdemeanor much less a felony before. Shame how one night can ruin a person’s life. Why not some of the stupid losers who commented above.

  9. jason1214 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:26 PM

    @tony,
    Want some cheese with that whine? Keep thinking deer antler spray, oversigning, and criminals are why ND got embarassed in the biggest game of the year. RTR

  10. harbourimages says: Feb 27, 2013 6:27 PM

    Hey I’m no Bama fan (Go Blue), but give credit where credit’s due. Good for Saban for doing the right thing and dumping these thugs!

  11. snaxdsp says: Feb 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    Character? Bama? Lmao

  12. imaduffer says: Feb 27, 2013 6:56 PM

    Why wouldn’t you dump them? Do know how hard it is to play college football when you are in jail?

  13. auburntigers34 says: Feb 27, 2013 7:31 PM

    when it comes to getting down to 85, he only has 6 more to process before he gets there. who’s next?

  14. LasseterRTR says: Feb 28, 2013 12:54 AM

    Q: What does the Notre Dame Fan (Tony343434), the Georgia fan, and the Auburn fan that commented on here have in common???

    A: They all have a BAD case of Butthurtitis,

    Lmao, BUTT seriously I am glad Saban did the right thing just like I knew he would. Now can we get back to talking about football?

  15. LasseterRTR says: Feb 28, 2013 3:03 AM

    Hey snaxdsp, you’re a LSU fan right? Trying to get a handle on which team you represent and why you hate Alabama so much. I have to admit it was hard at first to figure it out because all of the articles I found that you had commented on were about Alabama and the comments you left on them were pretty much like the one on here letting everybody know how much you hate them (Bama). One of my favorites was the one where you said “Bama is garbage” on the article asking which team us fans thought would win the National Championship Game, right before Bama kicked their ass all over the field proving your football IQ to be lacking to say the least. But all those comments pretty much took me no where because let’s just be honest, Alabama isn’t the most popular team in the college football landscape as of late and there are a few teams that have fans that are still pretty mad about the losses they suffered at Bama’s hand. Plus you NEVER once were man enough to say which team you represent when you were bad mouthing Bama. But then I found a few comments that showed you hated my favorite NFL team the Falcons, and a few ACTUAL comments a real fan would leave about the Saints. There’s also your disdain for all things Saban. So BOOYAH, you must be a LSU fan, I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure I’m not…I didn’t go back that far so if you had admitted it at some point, sorry I didn’t get that far, this is fun, but believe it or not, I do have better things to do with my time. You did admit you were a fan of a SEC team though, but you didn’t say which one, remind me again how many SEC teams there are in Louisiana??? Exactly! So now your asinine comments make perfect sense….Carry on….;)

  16. mtmk0586 says: Feb 28, 2013 7:17 AM

    Bama and satan still suck

  17. tlmoon2112 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:40 AM

    I will give credit where its due. Saban did the right thing here but I wouldn’t be shocked to see any of those kids back on the team again at some point.

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