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Report: Throat-slash to cost Yeldon first quarter vs. CSU

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

T.J. Yeldon sees your half-game suspension, Johnny Football… and slashes it in half.

Earlier this week, the Alabama running back publicly apologized for a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received during the Tide’s win over Texas A&M.  The penalty, which came after the back gave the universal money gesture as well as a twin throat-slash following a second-quarter touchdown run, incensed head coach Nick Saban both during and after the game.

Incensed Saban so much, in fact, that it will cost the sophomore 25 percent of the Tide’s upcoming game.

At least that’s the story from the Anniston Star, which, citing a source close to the situation, reports that Yeldon will be suspended for the first quarter of UA’s home opener against Colorado State Saturday.  The school has yet to confirm any type of punitive measures Yeldon may be facing this weekend.

Yeldon leads the Tide with 224 yards and two touchdowns through two games.

In his apology, Yeldon stated the actions that resulted in the penalty “is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team” and “is not the way we do things at Alabama.”

“That’s not us. That’s not our program. That’s not what we do. We’ve never ever tolerated it and we’ve never ever had it,” Saban said in his postgame talk with the media.

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30 Responses to “Report: Throat-slash to cost Yeldon first quarter vs. CSU”
  1. afrancis55 says: Sep 20, 2013 4:19 PM

    MY WORD! What a HARSH punishment!!! Will Yeldon be okay mentally after missing the 1st quarter against CSU?!?!?!?

  2. Romulus says: Sep 20, 2013 4:29 PM

    Right afrancis, it may upset him so much he quits the team for half a day to focus on his family then a booster will bring him back into the fold.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 4:32 PM

    Lol…. even Bama fans should find this dumb…

    Kudos to Saban for punishing this kind of behavior, but way to enforce it during a meaningless game…

    If this was Ole Miss or LSU, no way he suspends him for even a series….

  4. kinggator says: Sep 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    They should take away his pre and post game hand$hake! Actually, having to watching the Bama defense v. A&M and the Moneybadger was probably punishment enough!

  5. fruitcovejag says: Sep 20, 2013 5:00 PM

    And all of your HCs are tough disciplinarians! #glasshouses

  6. padraighansen says: Sep 20, 2013 5:13 PM

    It’s best for ‘Bama to suspend him for a game, or else Thayer Evans and George Dohrmann will be setting up shop in Tuscaloosa for 12 months to produce a 6-part series on Alabama football that reveals nothing short of hearsay and off-the-record comments from people no one has ever heard of….

  7. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 20, 2013 5:21 PM

    LMFAO this is a crock of garbage. like 8to80 mentioned, that dwarf napoleon complex having douchebag saban would never suspend him if they were to face LSU or even ole miss this week. saban is as fake as a bama fan who claims to have a college degree.

  8. sanduskyshowerboy says: Sep 20, 2013 5:33 PM

    Oh great now alabama will have an excuse when csu beats the crap out of them

  9. jimbo75025 says: Sep 20, 2013 6:38 PM

    Geez, what a bunch of nancy boys. Guys screaming for a game suspension because a guy did a gesture after scoring a TD in a big game.

  10. rolltide510 says: Sep 20, 2013 6:50 PM

    Reading these comments made me make my Allen Iverson “we talkin’ ’bout practice!” face. As if its somehow common for any coach to sit a player for any length of time for excessive celebration.

  11. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 20, 2013 6:53 PM

    jim bob or whatever your name is. that isnt the point. nobody is screaming for a suspension, conartist cheating saban is only doing this for his own agenda for others to rain praise on him. that is all that midget cares about is satisfying his ego. if they had LSU or ole miss up next, there would be no suspension at all. so he is taking advantage of his pathetically weak schedule to put this suspension in now for bonus points for more people to praise him, when there is no way in hell he would do it if a big name team was up next.

  12. helladonks says: Sep 20, 2013 6:54 PM

    yeah, because it makes more sense to WAIT to dole out punishment…
    looking at you, 8to80texansblog

  13. earpaniac says: Sep 20, 2013 7:35 PM

    Regardless of whether he should’ve done it or not, can somebody explain why people freak over this gesture? I’ve seen this several times where people have been freaked over it with other players as well.

  14. dcroz says: Sep 20, 2013 8:34 PM

    Please, people! What are you doing getting all upset over something like this, when there are far, far more important stories about Alabama football that must be discussed?

    Like this one:

    Somewhere, Brent Musberger is getting a mani/pedi and a touchup on his Grecian Formula.

  15. bamamay453 says: Sep 20, 2013 9:28 PM

    well johnny boy was only suspended a half versus a meaningless opponent.

  16. chiefagc5675 says: Sep 20, 2013 9:34 PM

    Alabama sucks- the guy says he’s sorry and he be told how to say it cuz he don’t be a student and he gets away clean. He’d sit out more than a quarter in this walkover game anyway.

  17. normtide says: Sep 20, 2013 11:47 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of venom over a suspension. One that wouldn’t happen at most other schools. It’s clear Saban is done people’s heads. Looking at you threman. Still looking at you lol. Settle down emos. Ohio State had a player smack a female, but this suspension us too soft? Don’t bee that fan, keep your senses about you.

  18. louhudson23 says: Sep 21, 2013 4:03 AM

    My guess is Yeldon would happily sit out the game if he could have avoided the ass chewing he got from his HC. It was a stupid move that hurt his team and made him look like a fool when he did it…kudos to his coach for taking him aside and pointing it out to him in very clear terms…

  19. harbourimages says: Sep 21, 2013 7:57 AM

    louhudson23: AMEN!!!!!!!!! Great post!

  20. twoody50 says: Sep 21, 2013 9:53 AM

    Yeldon is cocky just like the rest of The Alabama team. Alabama has played their tough game for the year and survived barely. The fact that they gave up 40 points means little. Espn ignores that fact and still thinks they are supreme. Play some real teams in some real conferences. ESPN…SEC…. BCS. One in the same

  21. twoody50 says: Sep 21, 2013 9:55 AM

    College football needs to get rid of the SEC bias or we need an unbiased sports network to rival ESPN.

  22. ljstud1o says: Sep 21, 2013 11:46 AM

    Agreed, someone needs to give ESPN some competition but remember that next year, ALL SEC games will be on ESPN because they will run the SEC network. We will probably never see any SEC games on regular TV after this year…

  23. normtide says: Sep 21, 2013 11:54 AM

    Unless I missed the memo, CBS gets first pick of the SEC games every week. The SEC network will have third tier rights, just like every other league network. The biggest games will be in CBS.

    Where does the idea that espn is bias to the SEC come from? Seems to be plenty of SEC bashing there too. Pretty much every media outlet says the SEC is strongest. That’s not bias, it’s observation.

  24. Deb says: Sep 21, 2013 2:04 PM

    Let’s see if I understand this …

    Manziel was suspended half a game against a meaningless opponent for supposedly getting paid for his autograph–a BIG no-no according to NCAA rules.

    Saban is sitting Yeldon for a quarter just to teach him not to be an ass on the field–a simple gesture that was not required at all.

    For some inexplicable reason … the geniuses commenting on CFT are ridiculing Saban and comparing this with Manziel’s suspension.

    Um … CFT, can we sit the geniuses for a quarter to teach them not to be asses on the football blog? Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work.

  25. tide4life says: Sep 21, 2013 5:49 PM

    “Um … CFT, can we sit the geniuses for a quarter to teach them not to be asses on the football blog? Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work.”
    Aw, hell, Deb- half the fun of coming in here is reading the sillyass commentary from the scared-s**tless-of-Saban gallery. I bet A.J. woulda preferred a quarter sitting on the bench instead of a very public (and televised) spanking from the Sabanator.
    And since when do nancyboys care what ESPN thinks or says? Or is this another conspiract theory re ESPN’s secret control and domination of all things NCAA?
    Hate on, haters. Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!

  26. Deb says: Sep 21, 2013 7:03 PM

    @tide4life …

    ROFL … that was perfect!

  27. dhardy8207 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:36 PM

    Some of the commentary on here is hilarious, some blogs are just filled with jealousy and envy and always by the same cry babies.

    If Saban had said/did nothing in the way of punishment, the observation would have been that he encourages dirty tactics or unsportsmanship. Now that Yeldon has not only publicly acknowledged his mistake, took responsibility for it and excepted further punishment, thats still not sufficient for the mass of recliner coaches/bloggers that more than likely never stood on a field or could catch a football if it where handed to them.

    Its sad that some on here have such a blatent disdain for others just because of the region they reside or the team they root for. Last time I checked this was the USA (United States of America) and the Civil war is over.

    What is amazing and sad is that so many fine upstanding youngsters come from all over the country to play here in BAMA and are immediately accused of being cheaters, thugs and illiterates. How adults justify insulting and demeaning these young men just because they choose the opportunity to play ball in the south is baffling. Racism is not just a color issue but a class issue as well.

  28. ljstud1o says: Sep 24, 2013 2:22 PM

    Dhardy- Finally, a remarkably intelligent comment…
    Your first thumbs up was from me…

  29. normtide says: Sep 24, 2013 2:58 PM

    I agree. So many smart people let their fandom make them sound ignorant. Myself included at times.

  30. dhardy8207 says: Sep 24, 2013 4:06 PM

    I really try to respect other bloggers as opinions are like A-holes, everbody is equipped with one some are just larger than others.

    We can all respectfully agree to disagree when blogging here. However where my patience runs thin is when opinions take on racist overtones. The idea that those that reside north of the mason dixion line are better than those in the south, therefore giving them the self appointed right to come here and post after post slanderous,
    bigoted comments about people from the south.

    I have to remind myself that some must always be consistently negative of others in order to feel better about themselves.

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