And here y’all thought he wouldn’t be punished.
Early Thursday morning, Alabama linebacker Tim Williams was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit. Williams and another unidentified male were sitting in the linebackers’ vehicle in a Publix parking lot when an officer who approached the vehicle smelled marijuana. A search revealed said marijuana, which the other man, who was seated in the driver’s seat, claimed; a gun was also found, which Williams claimed.
However, Williams could not produce a permit, leading to the misdemeanor charge.
In a statement, head coach Nick Saban said that “[t]his kind of behavior is not condoned in our program,” adding that “[o]nce we have a complete understanding of the situation, we will determine what we need to do in terms of the appropriate discipline.”
As it turns out, the appropriate discipline was two quarters as the linebacker sat out the first half of Saturday’s game against Kentucky. When the Tide’s defense took the field for the first time in the second half, Williams was on the field.
Coming off a 2015 season in which he was second on the Tide with 10.5 sacks, Phil Steele named the senior as a preseason first-team All-American. This season, Williams had totaled 1.5 sacks in four games. He started one of those contests.