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Tide CB suspended for opener after DUI arrest

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An arrest over the weekend for driving under the influence will result in missed playing time for Alabama cornerback Geno Smith.

Nick Saban said Tuesday that Smith will miss the Tide’s season opener against Virginia Tech as punishment. There are also certain “in house’ things Smith must take care of as well.

“We’ve never had an issue with Geno. He’s an excellent person,” Saban said. “He’s never been in trouble here before, never been in my office for anything, but I think this is something that everybody should learn from that when you make a bad choice, sometimes the consequences of that choice can really have a negative effect.

“Some of these guys don’t have enough foresight to understand cause and effect, but Geno has been a really good person in the program and just made a choice, bad decision. Made several of them, so now he’s got consequences for it.”

Smith was on at practice Tuesday, but he wasn’t working with the first team. The sophomore is expected to be a key contributor in the secondary this season after playing in 13 games as a freshman.

Additionally, linebacker Trey DePriest was back at practice after missing the past several days because of suspension. Saban said DePriest, second on the team last year in tackles, must work his way back up the depth chart.

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12 Responses to “Tide CB suspended for opener after DUI arrest”
  1. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 20, 2013 7:28 PM

    Thought Geno Smith as Mark Sanchez’s backup

  2. mehtoolazy says: Aug 20, 2013 8:04 PM

    Good to hear. Punishments should not be overly punitive, otherwise they lose their ability to be teaching moments.

    While there was no “team vote”, word is that Geno and Trey both stood up in front of the team and apologized for the actions that led to their respective suspensions.

  3. liverpoolred04 says: Aug 20, 2013 9:42 PM

    Aww, they are such great people for standing up in front of their teammates and beg to be back in their good graces…I’m sure they were truly sorry

  4. dcole001 says: Aug 20, 2013 9:46 PM

    Just so everyone Understand. Since he is under 21 if you have 2 beers you are consider DUI. You only have to be over.02 Not the normal.08. So one game is fair. He was below.08 that most people think of with a DUI. Not playing it down. But if the kid has never been in trouble before that is nice wake up call to miss the Chick-Fli-A Kick Off Classic in Atlanta where the Kid is actually from. So none of is friend from High School will get to see him play.

  5. barkleyblows says: Aug 20, 2013 9:46 PM

    Wow!! Not the first game!! What a joke!!

  6. normtide says: Aug 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    Barkley, would it be better if he was allowed to play, as long as he promises to come back next year and serve a suspension? Please, I try not to bash OSU, but a buckeye fan should never comment on player punishment.

    I would have like to have seen a 3 gme suspension, myself. However, we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.

    If anyone thinks I’m wearing crimson colored glasses, read my posts on OSU, LSU, and other teams player discipline stories.

  7. barbeaux says: Aug 21, 2013 12:10 AM

    If he blew under .08 and it’s his first incident then it’s a fair punishment. It is Virginia tech…not Podunk Middle of Nowhere State. If it’s also made clear to him that if there’s another incident then he’s done then it would be a good lesson.

  8. kdbroom says: Aug 21, 2013 9:31 AM

    1 DUI while on Active duty = career-ender.

    1 DUI while a football player = 1-game suspension.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  9. be4bama says: Aug 21, 2013 10:54 AM

    Barkley the suspension is for the first game…..Virginia Tech.

  10. Romulus says: Aug 21, 2013 11:01 AM

    Auburn kicks their player off the Team after being arrested while Alabama suspends theirs for one game. Funny how things are in that state. Got to keep winning for crimson necks.

  11. milehigh53 says: Aug 21, 2013 6:41 PM

    Romulus, get your facts straight before you begin spewing at the mouth. The player that was kicked off the team at Auburn was a repeat offender. Geno is a first time offender.

  12. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 21, 2013 7:06 PM

    He’s only suspended for the first game until he’s not suspended anymore which will likely be before the first game. That’s how stuff works in Alabama. Roll Turd!

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