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Tide’s Yeldon apologizes for ‘selfish actions’

T.J. Yeldon, Brian Vogler, Ryan Kelly AP

Toward the end of the first half of Alabama’s win over Texas A&M, T.J. Yeldon scored on a four-yard touchdown run that pushed the Tide’s lead to 28-14.

The running back celebrated the score by flashing a “money” gesture at the Kyle Field crowd, along with a double throat-slash, and was promptly flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Head coach Nick Saban was understandably livid at Yeldon following the 15-yard penalty and was not shy in laying into his player when he came back to the sidelines.

The penalty didn’t ultimately cost the Tide on the scoreboard as A&M was unable to score on the final drive of the half, but Saban was still extremely upset about it in his postgame talk with the media.

That’s not us,” Saban said. “That’s not our program. That’s not what we do. We’ve never ever tolerated it and we’ve never ever had it.

“I don’t think there’s any place for it in college football. I can’t control what other people do, but I can control what our guys do.”

In an unusual move Monday, Alabama released a statement from Yeldon in which the back offered up a mea culpa for what he described as his “selfish actions” after the touchdown.

“I want to apologize to everyone for my selfish actions on Saturday. That is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team. That is not the way we do things at Alabama. This is something that I will learn from, and I will use better judgment in the future.”

I’m guessing that Saban will ensure his leading rusher uses better judgment in the future, one way or another.

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45 Responses to “Tide’s Yeldon apologizes for ‘selfish actions’”
  1. overratedgators says: Sep 16, 2013 1:36 PM

    And yet: no penalty or apology for Johnny Football’s original “money sign” just two weeks earlier. Just so we’re clear: being a dick is only OK if you already have a Heisman.

  2. jason9696 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:59 PM

    I thought the “money” gesture was pretty funny. But I never understood why players do the “throat-slashing” gesture. That’s just sick.

  3. 11inthebox says: Sep 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    Pretty obvious the kid allowed his emotions to get away from him. The game requires more intensity than most people can imagine.

    Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you can’t keep everything bottled up and it just comes out in one form or another—especially against a team you REALLY want to beat.

    Pretty cool that Saban had the kid make a statement. Yet another reason why that program is better than everyone else right now.

  4. be4bama says: Sep 16, 2013 2:06 PM

    Usually I don’t approve of a player “showboating” however, being in Johnny’s backyard I found it amusing. SABAN must have too. Normally this would of landed TJ on the bench.

  5. Deb says: Sep 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    @be4bama …

    Have to disagree with you there, my friend. Saban was not amused. Players aren’t usually benched for these antics. They usually have their heads torn off on the sidelines–which is exactly what Saban did. He’s not going to undermine the best interests of his program by benching a player of this importance during a critical division game. He’s paid to coach the team to the best of his abilities and benching Yeldon during that game would not have been fair to the rest of the team or its fans.

    Players often do foolish things–especially since doing foolish things will ensure them a lot of media attention. Manziel acts up during A&M’s opening game and CBS decides to devote one camera to his every move in this game. That is called positive reinforcement. I’m glad Saban made clear this behavior is not okay at Bama, and that Yeldon has apparently gotten the message.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    That Johnny Football will never learn!! He got an unsportsmanlike against Rice as well. I mean he is just so disrespectful with that money gesture that everyone in CFB seems to be doing. I don’t know why we allow these kids who make all this money for the NCAA to have any fun, rather less make any money themselves.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    The Manziel cam by the way was kind of a waste…. didn’t really provide any additional entertainment value or insight…

  8. ljstud1o says: Sep 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    What’s refreshing about a Saban coached team is that he does not allow showboating. We were really surprised during the game that Yeldon did that. We were not surprised when he got a tongue-lashing from Saban afterwards…Roll Tide!

  9. elvoid says: Sep 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    1. Score touchdown.

    2. Toss ball back to referee.

    3. High five a teammate or two – maybe even do that “jump” thing that’s all the rage (at least until a star player sprains an ankle doing it).

    4. Act like you’ve been there before.

    5. Act like you’ve been there before.

    6. Act like you’ve been there before.

  10. jets12 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    College football has become so much of a business that in many ways it has lost some of its attraction. But what it hasn’t lost is its game day excitement. Those few hours that those young men spend on the field, to me, are just a pleasure to watch. Take all the other nonsense away and the game itself is still magical. I applaud Saban and Yeldon for their comments and their approach to the game. I’m not a huge Alabama fan, I went to another SEC school, but I enjoy the game on all levels. Just nice to see that every once in awhile someone takes ownership for their actions.

  11. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    The way the college kids celebrate touchdowns is so much more refreshing than the way the mouth breathers do it in the NFL.

    Another reason I like the college game so much better.

    Good comments on this thread. Thanks.

  12. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:08 PM

    Why is he apologizing for what’s normal? That entire organization is built on lack of sportsmanship and carries over to the fans which is why Updyke and Downing have become household names associated with the program along side Bryant and Stallings.

  13. barbeaux says: Sep 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    It’s not the money sign that got him flagged. It was the throat slash. The throat slash rule was put in the books a few years ago.

  14. Deb says: Sep 16, 2013 3:32 PM

    @cometkazie …

    The NFL has banned all sportsmanlike celebrations–hugging your teammates, patting each other on the back, doing anything as a team. The only celebration allowed is an individual Me, Me, Me moment, which sports media will promote, promote, promote.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 3:34 PM

    Its still stupid…. JFF got flagged last year for doing the Superman…

    It’s a game…. can we let people have fun…?

  16. ljstud1o says: Sep 16, 2013 3:48 PM

    To me, the coolest thing you can do after scoring a touchdown, intercepting a pass, causing a fumble then recovering it, etc. is nothing at all. Didn’t everyone see what a great play you just made?
    Leave it a that…

  17. 11inthebox says: Sep 16, 2013 4:15 PM

    @ljstud1o says:

    To me, the coolest thing you can do after scoring a touchdown, intercepting a pass, causing a fumble then recovering it, etc. is nothing at all. Didn’t everyone see what a great play you just made?
    Leave it a that…
    —————————–
    I see what you’re saying.
    But this isn’t fantasy football. It’s a game being played by real people who at times show real emotion.

  18. ljstud1o says: Sep 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    Agreed, but back in the old days, Barry Sanders, Hershel Walker, William Andrews and many others would simply toss the ball to the referee after a great play. Probably nowadays they would be more animated but that’s just the way it was back then…

  19. spankygreen says: Sep 16, 2013 4:43 PM

    elvoid says:Sep 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    Act like you’ve been there before…….

    It’s a game (Kids playing it…Albeit big kids)

    Clearly, you’ve never been there.

  20. dhardy8207 says: Sep 16, 2013 5:14 PM

    tlmoon2112 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 3:08 PM

    Why is he apologizing for what’s normal? That entire organization is built on lack of sportsmanship and carries over to the fans which is why Updyke and Downing have become household names associated with the program along side Bryant and Stallings.

    ————————————————–

    You have just proven how ignorant or delusional you are to BAMA or its fan base.

    1st. Many many many TIDE fans including myself voiced discontent over the whole tree killing fiasco and would never agree with such acts. As a matter of a fact BAMA’s students held a fund raiser and donated over $35,000 to the cause of trying to save those trees at Toomer’s corner.

    2nd. NO TRUE TIDE fan would ever mention Updyke in the same sentence with any of our coaches.

    3rd. Stallings was an outstanding coach and individual.

    You’re obsession with fecal matter is weird. Maybe because thats what usually falls out of a butthole!

  21. ljstud1o says: Sep 16, 2013 6:04 PM

    By the way, the Bama students collected way over $50,000 the last I heard for Toomer’s corner…

  22. dhardy8207 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:48 PM

    My bad, the last account I heard was over $35,000. But that being said even moreso proves my point. Thank you…

  23. goirishgo says: Sep 16, 2013 6:56 PM

    Loved Saban’s reaction on Saturday and today’s events even more. I wish more coaches approached the game like that.

  24. elvoid says: Sep 16, 2013 7:25 PM

    Spankygreen –

    Haven’t been there before? Like you know? Ha!

    Anyway, since you’ve never heard of me, how about Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Emmit Smith, just to name a few.

    Sheesh.

    I bet you spike the shell after you crack an egg in the morning, don’t you?

  25. florida727 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:35 PM

    I’m with #jason9696 on this one. The money reference was pretty clever, but I just don’t get the whole throat-slashing thing. Like that’s “cool” or manly or something? Geez. Score a touchdown. Okay. Celebrate a little. Act like you’ve been there before. But I say cut the kid a break overall. Excitement of the moment and the situation gives him a little bit of a pass in my opinion, but where did that throat-slashing thing come from anyway? Pretty amatuerish.

  26. mstiger1 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:40 PM

    Yeah a real class program over there. Former player paying current players (last year) to play for little Nickie. The program moving players and their families to Bama to a high school so they can become eligible. Giving player’s girlfriends perks and their Mom jobs not to mention the Yukons.
    Oh yeah, ” I apologize for making that throat slashing sign. I didn’t really mean it. I’m sorry. Coach told me to say this.”

  27. lakesidegator says: Sep 17, 2013 10:06 AM

    Saban says that he CAN control what his team members do. Well, did that just start this year, or was he IN CONTROL when Fluker was taking $$$ to play. Wave g’bye to two of ‘em.

  28. packerbadger says: Sep 17, 2013 3:34 PM

    “That’s not us,” Saban said. “That’s not our program. That’s not what we do.
    =================================
    Um, yeah, it is what you do and it is your program that just did it. Yet ANOTHER $EC player in the news. I wonder how much $$$$ your program will dock him for this incident. I’m sure this cretin didn’t read about it in the news; that would actually require one to be able to read.

  29. packerbadger says: Sep 17, 2013 3:38 PM

    Deb says:
    “He’s not going to undermine the best interests of his program by benching a player of this importance during a critical division game.”
    ===============================
    Yeah, because college football is the only thing you guys got going down there; and you don’t want to be forced to go watch ‘gator wrestling or mud swam buggy racing on Saturdays now would ya?! :)

  30. ljstud1o says: Sep 17, 2013 4:13 PM

    Yes, Deb- I always enjoy reading comments about our state written by someone who can’t even spell the very simple word swamp. You may want to take some remedial spelling lessons while you are at it. People that trash Alabama football (or any successful college football program) are generally people that wish their favorite college team could be as fortunate.

  31. cometkazie says: Sep 17, 2013 4:30 PM

    The word, Deb, is “Poof!”
    ;)

  32. patall24 says: Sep 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    I agree some people have nothing better to do than try and put down successful programs simply because the team they go for has nothing going for them. It’s pretty sad and just plain ignorant. What can you do but smile and laugh at them though. Roll Tide Roll!!!

  33. be4bama says: Sep 17, 2013 5:55 PM

    Patall24…..we’ve dealt with packerbadger before. The magic word is POOF!!!!!

  34. cometkazie says: Sep 17, 2013 6:00 PM

    If he is indeed a Badger fan, he does have a legitimate complaint for the ASU game.

  35. be4bama says: Sep 17, 2013 6:23 PM

    O yeah he’s a badger fan. Packerbadger needs to be worried about how badly OSU is going to beat the badgers instead of trolling on BAMA. Wish you could of seen all his trash talk before the BCS NCG.
    I’m hoping POOF still works!!

  36. lakesidegator says: Sep 17, 2013 6:38 PM

    Poot.

  37. cometkazie says: Sep 17, 2013 6:42 PM

    Be4- I was there.

    It was for him “poof” was invented, IIRC.

    Ran into a guy with an Ole Miss shirt on in Kroger’s. I’m in Central Kentucky. Good to talk SEC football. The locals barely admit that UK plays anything but basketball.

  38. tientzu1 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:43 PM

    act like you been there before…funny…
    i have been there before and I can tell you it is one of the most emotionally charged things in the world. It’s a game…and some people enjoy it differently than you do…get over yourselves…also, i not sure if it really was a “throat slash”. I’ve seen many a rapper (i know y’all hate them too) do the move, with both hands like Yeldon did, as a way of saying “done” or “finished” not “i’ll slash your throat”….just a thought.

  39. tientzu1 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:44 PM

    *i’m not sure…my bad…

  40. be4bama says: Sep 19, 2013 2:50 PM

    Too cool tientzu1. Did you play for BAMA?

  41. tientzu1 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:29 PM

    wasn’t talking about playing for Bama, but scoring TDs. Played for Mount Union back in the early 90s.

  42. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 4:41 PM

    As an Aggie fan none of that insults me. He scored a nice TD and he was having some fun.

    The money gesture, which is all over CFB, not just Johnny Football, is just fine… the throat slash is borderline but I could care less.

    Its a game…. let them have some fun…. you sure as hell are not going to pay them…

  43. bamafan36 says: Sep 23, 2013 9:47 AM

    I think the message from TJ Yeldon was lost in translation. However, it was over the top! I remember watching Barry Sanders, and he would toss the ball back to the ref, because he understood that the TD was a TEAM effort, and not an individual achievement.

    tlmoon2112 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 3:08 PM
    Why is he apologizing for what’s normal? That entire organization is built on lack of sportsmanship and carries over to the fans which is why Updyke and Downing have become household names associated with the program along side Bryant and Stallings.
    ——————————————————-

    There’s not a more storied program in the country! Nor, a more successful one! Updyke is a terrible example of fanaticism. However, he is not synonymous with only UA. Countless fans are spit on in rival stadiums, pissed on in their bathrooms, and beaten for having on rival clothing. As bad a killing a tree is, there are far worse things in this life, perpetrated by your fans, too.
    As for Downing…..he was arrested, charged, and convicted of the crime. I believe he was simply trying to be funny, rather than trying to sexually assault someone. But, he got EXACTLY what he deserved! Putting your junk on a passed out individual (where were that guys friends? They should have been charged with reckless endangerment or at least an accessory), is reprehensible, deplorable, and down right NASTY! I would have shown him something he had never seen before…..the other end of that thing!

  44. waynefontes says: Sep 23, 2013 11:24 AM

    packerbadger says:
    Sep 17, 2013 3:38 PM
    Deb says:
    “He’s not going to undermine the best interests of his program by benching a player of this importance during a critical division game.”
    ===============================
    Yeah, because college football is the only thing you guys got going down there; and you don’t want to be forced to go watch ‘gator wrestling or mud swam buggy racing on Saturdays now would ya?! :)

    —————————————————

    Right, because Wisconsin is so awesome. Fat women, beer, cheese and mediocre sports. The Brewers suck, the Bucks more than suck and the Packers are doing awesome this year.

    You really are a clown. It’s fun to watch you post and whine and try to act like Wisconsin is relevant nationally, either as a state or a college football team.

    Brag about hockey, a sport almost no universities play in the South. How about college baseball?

    Nobody outside of Wisconsin cares about your state and nobody outside of Wisconsin would ever want to move or retire there.

    You should be so proud.

    I guess you always post on SEC related posts because your coach left your “elite” program for an average (at best) SEC team.

    Now that Urban is in Columbus, your window of opportunity in the Big Ten is closed.

    Your team was the first five loss team to make a Rose Bowl. Congratulations on your mediocrity and the cheating of the Big Ten that enabled a pathetic five loss Wisconsin team to make the BCS.

    Enjoy your hockey (a sport nobody cares about outside of Canada and the northern part of America), mediocre sports, fat women and beer.

  45. florida727 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:43 PM

    I agree with what #elvoid said, act like you’ve been there before. At the expense of name-dropping, I was fortunate enough to meet on several occassions the great Walter Payton. I interviewed him a couple times for a local football show I was hosting in Chicago. I specifically asked him about that, and his response was the same: he wanted his opponent to know that he’d done this (scoring a touchdown) so many times before that he expected to do it against them too. And it wasn’t a big deal. And, oh, by the way, he’d do it again against you and it wouldn’t be a big deal then either :) Sweetness. Truly one of a kind.

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