Burn 'em at the stake! No, not the kids, because no one is talking about the proper punishment (jail) for what they did, they are all talking about a football coach in a legal and university related offense. I feel sorry for the kids that were knocked out. I went to school there and it is shocking to me.
This afternoon came news that Nick Saban and/or the University of Alabama had dismissed four football players arrested earlier this month for their involvement in a pair of violent on-campus robberies. That news has once again stirred the blood since this site — and in particular this writer — initially called for two of the four accused to be dismissed immediately after their arrests. (Those two players had already confessed to police that they had committed the crimes.)
I have seen many responses in our comment boxes and in my email box today that echo the responses I saw then: “What’s wrong with getting all the facts straight?”
Well, in my opinion, when a player confesses to a violent crime there are no more facts to get straight. End of story, there’s the door.
But in reality, the majority of people who’ve taken me to task for my opinion — some of whom claimed I was leading a witch hunt or a lynch mob — have simply been defending Saban and Alabama. I know it. You know it, too.
And that’s the led me to wonder something…
If Saban had immediately dismissed the two players who had confessed to police, would the same people who criticized my opinion have sent us messages claiming Saban had led a witch hunt? Would they have said, “Where’s the due process, Nick?” “Why the rush to judgement, Coach Saban?”
I’m going to guess that the answer is no. In fact, I’ll bet that some of those who chastised me would have praised Saban for running a tight ship, for taking no bull, etc, etc.
This wasn’t about finding justice for the accused, it was about defending Saban and Bama. Do you really believe any school’s fans would shout so loudly for patience and due process — a legal term that has no bearing in this situation — if a rival school’s players had admitted to knocking two students unconscious?
Again, I think we all know the answer to that one.
In the end, the two players I believe should have been given the boot immediately have been tossed from Alabama’s team. The other two players have also been given the heave-ho. When the names Eddie Williams, Tyler Hayes, DJ Pettway, and Brent Calloway are mentioned moving forward, there will be an “Ex” before the words “Alabama football players.”
Considering their crimes, Bama got it right. Regardless of timing.