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Nick Saban will bring in speaker to address domestic violence

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Domestic violence is the hot button topic currently circulating around professional sports, particularly the NFL. The incident which involved Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and the subsequent two-game suspension handed down by the league ignited debates on every sports talk outlet.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban decided to be proactive in teaching his players the proper way to treat a lady by bringing in a speaker that will address domestic violence as part of the team’s preseason presentations.

“That is definitely an area where we want to continue to educate the players,” Saban told Al.com. “The importance of respect for other people, compassion for other people, and treating people the way you’d like to be treated yourself.”

While domestic violence is at the forefront of current conversations,  Saban’s goal goes beyond trying to address this specific topic.

“We teach our players they should not evaluate the circumstances of someone else in terms of how they treat them,” Saban said. “Every person should be treated with the kind of respect you would like to be treated with regardless of their station, anyone from whoever cleans the building, cleans the locker room, to whoever the president of the university is.

“The right way to treat all those people is the right way. There is not some other way. I think the message is very effective that we had the other night and we continue to support that in terms of the kind of respect we want our players to show other people.

Saban is often portrayed  as a win-at-all-costs football coach that lacks personality and approachability. This is a clearly an instance where perception is not always reality. Saban isn’t just building a better football program than everyone else, he’s trying to build better men too.

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11 Responses to “Nick Saban will bring in speaker to address domestic violence”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 3, 2014 5:00 PM

    “You see, here in the SEC, if you strike a woman we will bring forth the utmost punishment of benching you for a least 1 series against Florida Atlantic. Roll damn tide.”

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 3, 2014 6:26 PM

    Good to see Saban is trying to do something about it. The bigger question is will the players listen. There has been a disturbing trend of college football players striking women in the last month. That’s not how anyone acts in a civilized society. Hopefully the NCAA and the coaches can nip this problem in the bud. I am not counting on Oklahoma to do their part though after championing DGB.

  3. 513guy says: Aug 3, 2014 6:31 PM

    “…teaching his players the proper way to treat a lady by brining in a speaker…”

    If you actually feel the need to bring in another human being to tell 18-22 year old men that it is wrong to hit a woman then you have quite the list of issues within your program.

  4. planecrashguy says: Aug 3, 2014 6:35 PM

    How ironic, a speaker about domestic abuse in a state where the “wife beater” undershirt is considered high fashion.

  5. captaincanoe says: Aug 3, 2014 6:55 PM

    If you have to “bring in a speaker” on the subject then you apparently have concerns. Men should know this by the time they are 5 years old.

  6. bigbuckeye76 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:15 PM

    Good move, however, if you want to send a real message, start kicking kids out of the program.

  7. dcroz says: Aug 3, 2014 9:33 PM

    Saban brings in speakers all the time to talk to his players about various subjects or as motivational speakers. While he could handle this all himself, he also knows that the same voice talking at them all the time will gradually get tuned out as his players grow weary of listening to it. Having other speakers relate their knowledge or personal experience is far more likely to hold their attention, plus on subjects like domestic violence, there are lots of people out there who are experts on the subject and can teach lessons on it and be more articulate about it that Saban can. Considering the success Saban has had with this approach, I think I’d rather trust that he knows what he’s doing than the petty snipers on this thread so far.

  8. packerbadger says: Aug 4, 2014 10:39 AM

    Says a lot about the quality and character of the program and players and coaches if you actually need to bring someone in to address blatantly obvious ways not to act. Btw, do they yell “Roll Tide” before or after they hit someone down there?

  9. 24pointlead says: Aug 4, 2014 3:01 PM

    I hope Lane Kiffin is in the room during the program. After this season, he’s going to want to beat the horse squeeze out of someone.

  10. dcroz says: Aug 4, 2014 9:22 PM

    packerbadger:

    No current Alabama players have been accused of engaging in domestic violence. It has happened at other schools, and of course it has been in the news a lot lately after the Ray Rice incident mentioned above. Rather than waiting until it happens with one of his charges, Saban is being proactive in educating them now about how to avoid engaging in such behavior. Whether you are a ‘Bama fan or not, you have to give him credit for taking this course of action to head off any problems before they happen.

  11. dhardy8207 says: Aug 6, 2014 2:30 PM

    @dcroz;

    I hate to say it but some folks just can’t go without trying to demean or slander a coach or program they can’t beat, I mean don’t like. With idiots like packerbadger there is nothing positive that can be said for the BAMA program or our coach. He trolls every SEC thread along with others and post derogatory remarks every chance he gets, so imagine when Saban does something proactive, trolls such as this find the most asinine way of critizing his efforts.

    If anyone on here hurdling insults had bothered to THINK (yes I know that wouldn’t help some) before they posted they would know that GROWN men from all walks of life get into trouble for losing their tempers and doing thing in the heat of a moment. Even though Saban meets their parents during the recruiting process, one never knows what type of home life these youngsters have endured. Chris Brown is an example of a young man who is a mega talented artist but because he was witness to domestic violence in the home he now is on the brink of doing years in prison.

    The fact that Saban wants to deal with certain issues before they experience such a problem speaks to not only his character but his concern for these young men. There are women out there that make it their mission to provoke a young man all because they know their sheltered by the law even if they strike the first blow.

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