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Alabama RB Dee Hart arrested, charged with two misdemeanors

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Via TideSports.com, Alabama running back Dee Hart was arrested Sunday and charged with giving false information and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. Hart was booked and released from jail on a $1,300 bond Sunday evening.

Hart’s marijuana charge was second-degree possession, which is considered by state law an amount for personal use.

Formerly rated by Rivals as the top running back in the recruiting class of 2011, Hart has 43 carries for 166 yards and one touchdown in two seasons playing for the Crimson Tide.

He’s not the first college student to be caught with a bit of weed, though if Nick Saban suspends him Alabama can surely turn to one of the 18 other four or five-star running backs on its roster. (Only slightly exaggerating, though the Tide did see Alvin Kamara leave for the JuCo level after a disappointing first year in Tuscaloosa).

Update: AL.com’s Michael Casagrande passes along a statement from Alabama, which says Hart hasn’t been a part of the program since the Sugar Bowl. Hart is on track to earn his degree from Alabama “by the summer,” as he enrolled early in January 2011.

Update II: This story keeps getting more bizarre. Again via TideSports.com, here’s how the arrest came to be:

A gas station clerk called police Sunday night after suspecting Hart used counterfeit money at the store.

The clerk at a Texaco station on Greensboro Avenue called Tuscaloosa Police at 5:50 p.m. and reported that Hart was still in the business, said TPD spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley.

Counterfeit money? Alright then.

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25 Responses to “Alabama RB Dee Hart arrested, charged with two misdemeanors”
  1. suprmous says: Feb 17, 2014 1:07 PM

    Things just keep gettin more and more bizzare when it comes to these guys gettin into trouble. For some it just seems as if trouble’s their first middle and last name. I just don’t get it, as an adult. What’s the fascination with the wantin to play football but wantin to smoke weed, do drugs period, and drink more? Call me a prude if you want to but in my day when a guy was bent on playin football he didn’t wanna bring shame on his family, whether it be his own or his football.

  2. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 1:40 PM

    It’s no different than Tyrann Mathieu smoking pot when he was playing for LSU. Well … yes, it is because Mathieu was an active player, and Hart’s no longer with the football program but is just finishing up his degree. But we read post after post about poor misunderstood Tyrann and now Hart’s a-bringin’ shame on his family. :roll:

  3. normtide says: Feb 17, 2014 2:05 PM

    A fan’s morals are to often flexed by what program a player belongs to.

    Hart hasn’t been on the team since January. I’m not sure what this counterfeiting claims will bring. But, Alabama’s marijuana laws are archaic. It burdens our prison system. I don’t smoke it, but it’s clearly time for a change on that front.

  4. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Feb 17, 2014 2:10 PM

    This story keeps getting stranger. Maybe if this had happened to a player at any other position other than RB it might make the Tide flinch a bit.

    But it didn’t …..

  5. texasbornlsufan says: Feb 17, 2014 2:12 PM

    Deb, it surprises me to read a O POOR ME response by you

  6. suprmous says: Feb 17, 2014 2:55 PM

    There the Diva goes again rollin her eyes and makin assumptions when she shoulda read [what I said] as a general statement rather than readin somethin into it I DIDN’T say: I didn’t call out her Bama player specifically. Would just love to know where she got the idea I did just that.

  7. irishdodger says: Feb 17, 2014 3:33 PM

    I think Norm’s comment makes the most sense. We all play favorites when it comes to who & why we criticize.

    As far as the first comment by suprmous, I believe the root of the problems for these kids is a lack of parenting. All I know about Mr. Kamara & Mr. Hart is that they were highly rated RBs coming out of HS….but I’d bet a dollar to a donut, that neither has a father figure…much less a dad.

    70%+ fatherless rate for the black community is an epidemic, but none of the politically correct reporters or politicians want to address it. And the problem keeps perpetuating itself so it will just keep on metastasizing.

  8. suprmous says: Feb 17, 2014 3:49 PM

    irishdodger, but did you actually see where I called out any one player. That’s the point I’m tryin to make. On a side note, Tyrann Mathieu’s dad’s not black but he didn’t have any involvment in Ty’s life and that’s all I’m goin to say on that. I agree with you on your points. And it’s a shame. Not everybody is as lucky to have a dad and yet if they do they’re not guaranteed their dad’s will be involved as well. That too’s a shame.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 17, 2014 3:49 PM

    Deb says:
    Feb 17, 2014 1:40 PM

    It’s no different than Tyrann Mathieu smoking pot when he was playing for LSU. Well … yes, it is because Mathieu was an active player, and Hart’s no longer with the football program but is just finishing up his degree. But we read post after post about poor misunderstood Tyrann and now Hart’s a-bringin’ shame on his family. :roll:
    ___________________________

    I’ve defended you before and often agree with your points but I have to take you to task on this comment.

    You are essentially rationalizing this behavior because what an LSU player did was worse…. It’s eerily similar to comments about the Rashaan Evans backlash that both you and I were criticizing.

  10. onbucky96 says: Feb 17, 2014 3:49 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  11. stoicpaisano says: Feb 17, 2014 4:16 PM

    I would hope that weed for personal use is just a citation even in AL, but you add in counterfeit money and especially refusal to provide/lying about/providing false credentials is gonna get you in bracelets.

    I have this feeling that Dee was probably using the fake $ to buy some wraps to split for his blunt, which would be ironic.

  12. 1990tiger says: Feb 17, 2014 4:39 PM

    well….at least he is on track to graduate??? I wonder if more charges will be filed regarding the alleged use of counterfeit money. I wouldn’t think passing counterfeit money would be a misdemeanor.

    What I really want to know is what does McCarron think about all of this? We haven’t had the “privilege” lately of hearing his opinion on everything under the sun. ;-)

  13. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 4:40 PM

    @texasbornlsufan and 8to80texansblog …

    I wasn’t making any comment on Dee Hart. Was pointing out how suprmous blathered endlessly about poor Tyrann Mathieu (and I defended Mathieu myself), but the first time she sees a Bama player with a pot issue, she starts carrying on about players shaming their families. I just find her double-standard on Alabama amusing.

    Oh, gee, suprmous, where did I get the idea you’re singling out Bama players? Probably because–as usual–you’re the first one posting on any negative article about Bama and saying the exact opposite of what you posted about Mathieu.
    :roll:

  14. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 4:48 PM

    As for what I think about the Hart situation …

    Actually, I agree with suprmous ;)

    I neither drink nor smoke pot but support the legalization of marijuana because it’s absurd to claim pot is more dangerous than alcohol and the criminalization of pot is a huge drain on our criminal-justice resources.

    However, right now it’s not legal in most states, and like suprmous, I would think these kids could just stick to the program when their educations and potential pro careers depend on it. In this case, Hart is no longer with the football program, but reading about these arrests does get old.

  15. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 4:49 PM

    @1990tiger …

    That was funny.

  16. onlyoneleft says: Feb 17, 2014 7:12 PM

    Just one day, please, where an SEC player is not arrested.

  17. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 17, 2014 8:01 PM

    wow he must have went into extreme panic mode when the unlimited funds debit card that king supreme dwarf saban gave him while playing for the team didn’t process through. saban must cut their funds off immediately after their final game.

  18. irishdodger says: Feb 17, 2014 8:22 PM

    @suprmous

    Dude, I didn’t say anything about you calling out a player. That spat is between u & Deb. The Mathieu story is sad but true. I understand your facts about his father, but let’s look at the big picture….70+% fatherless rate in the black community. While any rate is too high regardless of race, the rates among white, Asian, Latino are nowhere near this level. Now….ask yourself “Why is that”.

  19. suprmous says: Feb 18, 2014 1:02 AM

    Again, I repeat I didn’t call out the Bama player specifically and you can get your panties out of a wad Missy. You should learn to read closer if not learn to read period and paragraph. I said nothin related to Bama’s player(s) or anybody else’s players so get off your high horse.

  20. balfe13 says: Feb 18, 2014 2:30 AM

    So… He used counterfeit money at the gas station and then stayed there? What? What could he possibly be getting a degree in?

  21. louhudson23 says: Feb 18, 2014 4:34 AM

    Some facts to review as provided in the story:

    A clerk suspected he passed counterfeit money. He was not charged with doing so and zero evidence was provided in the story that he actually did so.

    He had a “personal use” amount of pot,as per Alabama(state,not school).Misdemeanor Charge.

    He gave false information. Misdemeanor Charge(What information exactly is not provided in the story,but counterfeit money is not false information).

    He is a former UA player.

    He is still enrolled and on track to graduate this summer.

    Based on the comments,there is a clear problem with reading comprehension.Hope this clarifies the articles scope and content of information.

  22. packerbadger says: Feb 18, 2014 8:23 AM

    BAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Its been “1″ Day since the arrest of an $ECheat/Alabumpkin player……….

  23. packerbadger says: Feb 18, 2014 8:41 AM

    “there is a clear problem with reading comprehension”
    ==================================
    Hey, thats a MENSA candidate in the $ECheat! Saban will graduate him with a second grade reading level and then say how they “graduate” 80% of their players…..if they can keep them out of jail!! LMAO!!

  24. 1990tiger says: Feb 18, 2014 10:30 AM

    packerbadger says:

    “Saban will graduate him with a second grade reading level …….”
    ===================================
    Huh? Where did you learn grammar? You come across as being at a lower level than second grade…..

    btw, Saban doesn’t “graduate” students. (forgive the grammar. I just wanted to put this comment in a form you would understand.)

  25. dhardy8207 says: Feb 19, 2014 8:57 AM

    He was booked on two misdeanor charges as by the arrest report:

    “Hart was arrested Sunday and charged with giving false information and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.”

    The clerk “SUSPECTED” him of passing counterfeit money which makes absolutely no sense. Every business establishment I go in to the clerks are armed with a nifty little pen that detects fake bills. The police would have charged him with passing counterfeit money if that had been the case, and I do believe that is a felony charge.

    @tiger1990:

    “Huh? Where did you learn grammar? You come across as being at a lower level than second grade”

    According to packerbadger he’s a physician… Scary isn’t it?

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