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Nearly a year after dismissal, D.J. Pettway returns to the Tide

D.J. Pettway

Back in February, D.J. Pettway was one of four Alabama football players who were dismissed after they were arrested and charged in connection to the beating and robbery of a fellow UA student.  Ten months later, the lineman is apparently back in the football program’s good graces.

Eastern Mississippi Community College announced on its Twitter feed Wednesday that Pettway “is now officially an ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE!”  The defensive lineman himself confirmed via Twitter he has “signed with Bama again today.”

Wednesday is the first day players from the JUCO level can officially sign with FBS programs.

For what it’s worth, Alabama has not yet announced Pettway’s addition to the roster.

It was reported Feb. 12 that Pettway, along with linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive back Eddie Williams, had been charged with two felony counts of second-degree robbery.  The three accosted a male Alabama student, beat him and stole an Apple laptop as well as a debit card.

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.

The fourth player, running back Brent Calloway, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

All four were indefinitely suspended the same day news of the arrests surfaced.  Two weeks later, the quartet was dismissed from the football program, with Pettway ultimately landing at EMCC after getting clearance from a judge to leave the state.

Pettway was a four-star member of Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class.  He played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

(Tip O’ the Cap: al.com)

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15 Responses to “Nearly a year after dismissal, D.J. Pettway returns to the Tide”
  1. palmbeachbuckeye says: Dec 18, 2013 3:13 PM

    S-E-C, S-E-C….. Roll Tide (Y’all)

  2. dcviking says: Dec 18, 2013 3:19 PM

    Sorry if I am missing something here…

    Has this guy gone to trial yet? If not, given the circumstances, how can Alabama (in good conscience) take this kid back?

    I’m probably biased against Alabama, so again, if I’m missing something about this situation, please fill me in…

  3. ttalarico says: Dec 18, 2013 3:35 PM

    You haven’t missed anything.

    It’s the SEC!

  4. seanb20124 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:42 PM

    Why is he not in prison? Can’t be robbing people on campus.

  5. tgaustin says: Dec 18, 2013 4:58 PM

    Roll Tide y’all! Or is it RTR?

  6. titansbro says: Dec 18, 2013 5:10 PM

    Yeah how is this guy not in prison? Unbelievable.

  7. iftheresahellbelow says: Dec 18, 2013 6:02 PM

    Not a Bammer(aka Gump), but the majority of football programs have some dirty laundry. A few months ago palmbeachbuckeye you could have been the winning bidder for Terrell Pryor’s tattoo-gate B1G Championship ring.

  8. keltictim says: Dec 18, 2013 6:03 PM

    He’s not in prison due to the fact it’s his first offense and people usually don’t go to prison on their first offense. Unless it’s murder or something equally heinous it gets pled down to some form of probation/suspended sentence. It’s usually enough to get a young kid to turn it around, otherwise it’s off to jail the next time. Must be a bunch if choir boys here who have never crossed johnny law

  9. 700levelvet says: Dec 18, 2013 6:21 PM

    Student-Athlete…. Ha ha ha ha…Coaches and school administrators want you to believe that…

  10. soflosportsfan says: Dec 18, 2013 7:41 PM

    keltictim says: Dec 18, 2013 6:03 PM

    He’s not in prison due to the fact it’s his first offense and people usually don’t go to prison on their first offense. Unless it’s murder or something equally heinous it gets pled down to some form of probation/suspended sentence. It’s usually enough to get a young kid to turn it around, otherwise it’s off to jail the next time. Must be a bunch if choir boys here who have never crossed johnny law

    Next time I assault a guy(probably half my size), steal his debit card and use it, I’ll tell the judge a misdemeanor will “turn me around”. Take off your Crimson glasses, this is a cowardly crime and by letting him back you are showing everyone that winning is above all else. AS a fan, stop trying to defend your teams’ motives and be grateful your team is winning.

  11. 1990tiger says: Dec 18, 2013 10:22 PM

    I’m going to have to hear UA say he’s back on the team before I believe this guys tweet.

  12. normtide says: Dec 18, 2013 11:43 PM

    Let the story play out. Twitter, America’s pimp

  13. louhudson23 says: Dec 19, 2013 4:01 AM

    If I am not mistaken,he was essentially an accessory.He observed what was happening,did not stop it or leave the scene. Drove away with the perps. Bad move. Wrong move. And most assuredly at fault and correctly considered to have committed a crime. I have a strong feeling(apparently shared by the coach[es] that he would choose a different course of action,given another chance to do so. Now he has that chance.

  14. ttalarico says: Dec 19, 2013 9:02 AM

    Wouldn’t everyone?

  15. mtmk0586 says: Dec 19, 2013 7:19 PM

    No pride. Con players welcome at Bama

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