Starting inside linebacker Trey DePriest has been suspended from the Alabama football team for a violation of team rules. DePriest did not practice yesterday. He was second on the Crimson Tide team last season with 59 tackles.
According to head coach Nick Saban:
“He will be eligible to return to the team if he does what he’s supposed to in relatively short order. If he does those things, he’ll be back with us in as soon as a week…
We have a lot of respect for Trey. He’s played well for us, he made a mistake, he didn’t do the right thing, it wasn’t a very smart thing to do and there has to be consequences sometimes when you don’t do the right things.
Hopefully he’ll learn from it and it will make him better and he’ll have a better chance to be successful in life.”
Saban went on to explain why he chose to suspend a veteran like DePriest:
“I don’t have to suspend players. I don’t like suspending players, but if we’re going to punish any players or suspend any players, it’s going to be in their best interest to change their behavior so they have a better opportunity to be successful. If it’s not going to do that, I don’t see any reason to do it.
It’s almost like raising your kids. If you’re going to spank them and it doesn’t change their behavior, why spank them? If you can take their computer or their cell phone away from them and it changes their behavior, then I’d say that’s the thing to do. We would only do it in the best interest of the player.”
I wonder if DePriest would have been suspended if Saban had put it to a team vote. Hmmm.