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Report: Alabama suspends two players

Kenyan Drake

Alabama has suspended running back Kenyan Drake and defensive end Jarran Reed, but the two remain a part of the football program. The news came out on the final day of SEC Media Week, with Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressing the media for the first time this week.

The reasons for the suspensions are technically unknown at this time, other than the typical violation of team rules explanation, although the news ticker from the last couple of weeks may be able to quickly shed some light on the situation. Drake was reportedly arrested earlier this month for obstructing a government operation. Reed was arrested an charged for a DUI earlier this month.

For now, the two remain a part of the program in Tuscaloosa. Andrew Gribble of Al.com reports Saban decided to stick to his track record of not announcing lengths of suspensions until closer to the start of the season. A final call for Drake and Reed may not come until the days leading up to Alabama’s season opener against West Virginia in Atlanta.

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21 Responses to “Report: Alabama suspends two players”
  1. lolnfl says: Jul 17, 2014 2:12 PM

    report? saban said it himself. who are you broussard?

  2. 1990tiger says: Jul 17, 2014 3:55 PM

    Oh my gosh! You mean the suspended players weren’t at SEC Media Days to answer questions about their suspensions? They left any questions to their coach and teammates? UA isn’t allowing them to face the music but is instead hiding them and protecting them from the big bad media? That’s on UA….

    JT is going to flip when he finds out about this!! ;-)

  3. irishlad19 says: Jul 17, 2014 4:19 PM

    And the ‘Bama beat goes on!

  4. dhardy8207 says: Jul 17, 2014 4:34 PM

    1990 tiger says;

    “Oh my gosh! You mean the suspended players weren’t at SEC Media Days to answer questions about their suspensions?”

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    And Gus hasn’t made it known of any punishment for Marshall. At least the UA players are on suspension for their runins with the law and Saban made that known.

  5. 1990tiger says: Jul 17, 2014 4:58 PM

    @dhardy-

    My comments weren’t directed at Saban or UA. Instead, I’m referring to JT’s whining about AU keeping Nick Marshall from SEC Media Days. Read the dribble here:
    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/13/nick-marshall-wont-partake-in-sec-media-days/

  6. bigdinla says: Jul 17, 2014 5:19 PM

    1990tiger,
    The difference is that Marshall was originally scheduled to be at media days.

  7. dhardy8207 says: Jul 17, 2014 5:20 PM

    @1990tiger;

    My bad…I haven’t on here in a few days so I missed that thread… My apologies…

  8. 1990tiger says: Jul 17, 2014 6:02 PM

    bigdinla says:

    The difference is that Marshall was originally scheduled to be at media days.
    =====================================
    and AU keeping him from attending due to his lack of judgement is within their discretion. Despite what they may want to think, the media doesn’t have a right of access to a school’s students and/or athletes. Seeing them whine about limited/no access is somewhat humorous.

  9. bigdinla says: Jul 17, 2014 6:16 PM

    Not saying I agree with the ridiculous media outcry tiger. Just saying what was different b

  10. statsdolie says: Jul 17, 2014 6:20 PM

    Considering that schools make a significant amount of revenue off of these “student athletes” media should have access. Also since these students have been suspended from the football team are their Scholarships in jeopardy at all?

  11. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 17, 2014 6:37 PM

    He doesn’t make public the length of suspensions. I’m sure they’ll only be suspended for the flag football game this weekend (which isn’t happening in the first place) and that will be the extent of their suspension.

  12. Deb says: Jul 17, 2014 6:40 PM

    @statsdolie …

    When these kids start taking home some of that significant amount of revenue the schools earn, then you might–and I stress might –have a leg to stand on with that argument for throwing them to the wolves. But the fact that the NCAA and their schools are earning fortunes off them does not mean they should be cannon fodder for the media.

    As I’ve said before, I don’t often disagree with JT, but 1990tiger is right that Marshall should have been pulled from Media Days. They’d have just feasted on him like vultures on road kill. And to what end? It wouldn’t make Marshall a better person or player, and it wouldn’t make the sports media any better informed about the sport.

  13. ducksk says: Jul 17, 2014 7:22 PM

    Deb, what world do you live in? This “kid” is 19 or 20. We have had young men and women dying in battlefields for over 200 years younger than that. And you don’t think it’s right he “gets eaten alive” by the media to man up for his mistakes? Poor kid. You are pathetic. This man ought to face any media that wants to ask him a question. Not hidden by his coach. He is living large and needs to answer the fiddler. This poor kid is a pot head and thief.

  14. dhardy8207 says: Jul 17, 2014 7:44 PM

    Ok children!!… My God why can’t adults debate without all the name calling!!.. Some of us might take the stance that as part of his punishment he should have been made face the music since he was already scheduled to do so. Having to “man up” and answer the questions from the media and face alittle humilation in the public realm might be a good way to make a young man think about consequenses to his actions the next time. However, sometimes the media ask the most ridiculous questions. For example; one reporter ask Coach Sumlin of ATM had he talked to “Johnny Football” since his negative press after the draft. Coach Sumlin replied; “this is SEC media day right”. Now I myself think that was a ridiculous question and he got just what he deserved, an answer fit for a dumbass.

    The call to not let Marshall appear ultimately was on Malzaln and he made it. I know we all have our choice school and are often times overprotective of the program we root for. Doesn’t give GROWN, SUPPOSEDLY EDUCATED ADULT FANS the right to verbally attack another!!

  15. Deb says: Jul 17, 2014 8:34 PM

    @dhardy8207 …

    SEC Media Days is an opportunity for teams to publicize their programs. It’s not a forum for punishing wayward players or getting them to man up. If a coach wants a player to face his public, then he can schedule a press conference, have the player address reporters, and answer questions for 20 or 30 minutes. Personally, I don’t think getting caught with an ounce of pot warrants a press conference. But if others want to hear him say he’s sorry again, fair enough.

    However, if you bring Marshall to SEC Media Days as one of your three or four designated player reps, then the wolf pack will ignore the other players and concentrate on him for the entire event. They’ll just keep asking the same questions over and over because that’s what they do. The event won’t be about Auburn’s football program–it will be the Nick-Marshall-Got-Caught-With-Some-Pot Show and the exercise for the day will be how to get Marshall to say or do something Twitter-worthy. That’s not punishing Marshall–it’s making him the BIG STORY on your program’s media day. What rational coach would do that to his own program?

  16. 1990tiger says: Jul 17, 2014 9:23 PM

    Is there a full moon out tonight?? I ask because I agree with everything Deb said…….especially the following:

    “I don’t think getting caught with an ounce of pot warrants a press conference.”

    “They’ll just keep asking the same questions over and over because that’s what they do.”

    “The event won’t be about Auburn’s football program–it will be the Nick-Marshall-Got-Caught-With-Some-Pot Show…”

    “…the exercise for the day will be how to get Marshall to say or do something Twitter-worthy.”

  17. Deb says: Jul 17, 2014 9:58 PM

    Omigoodness … 1990tiger and I are having a moment :)

  18. ducksk says: Jul 17, 2014 11:23 PM

    Well said. Good points. This mans current faux pas and the fact he was kicked out of another school for stealing from a teammate (I can’t think of a thing much lower) Goes to juco and comes back on a scholarship and gets caught with weed is fodder for me and the media. Fair game,anytime anywhere. If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime. Except if your good enough to pass, run and win football games in college?

  19. dhardy8207 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:33 AM

    @Deb;

    The content of my post was to try and point out both sides. The ones that think “he is the leader of the team and should have addressed the media at SEC Media day and not been allowed to “skip it” because of his recent woes with the law. But notice if you read futher down, I noted that ultimately that was not his call, but the coaches. I also noted that the media “ask some ridiculous questions at times” meaning they go about questionable tactics to take a dig at a program vs letting it be about the “TEAM”.

    I was NOT taking either side but rather pointing out that either scenario would have had its critics. Personally I agree, possession of pot shouldn’t require a press conference, as he is still due his day in court. Auburn fans were brutal on Tenpenny when he got caught with weed in his home state of Arkansas and were very critical of Saban’s handling of that situation.

  20. Deb says: Jul 18, 2014 12:33 PM

    dhardy8207 …

    Understand and respect your view. Was just delving further into why I don’t think he needed to be at Media Days. It’s not about being soft on players but about doing what’s best for the team.

    Yeah, I’m used to all the rival fans slamming Bama at every turn. But my views on sanctions, discipline, etc., are consistent. They can say what they like about us, but I’m going to take the same position on these issues no matter which team is involved :)

  21. packerbadger says: Jul 21, 2014 3:01 PM

    They’ll be officially suspended until the first game. Typical Alabumpkin’ and $ECheat krap…

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