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More Details On Bama Arrests

cop-lightsNew details have emerged concerning the arrests of four Alabama football players in Tuscaloosa yesterday.  According to the arrest warrants — which you can get to via — freshman Tyler Hayes, redshirt freshman DJ Pettway, and freshman Eddie Williams attacked and robbed a pair of University of Alabama students named Samuel Jurgens and Caleb Paul.  Freshman Brent Calloway then used a credit card stolen during the robbery.

According to Andrew Gribble’s report from


“The trio is accused of physically attacking Jurgens with ‘punches to the head and face’ and kicks to the ribs and back and stealing his backpack, which contained an Apple MacBook Pro.  Jurgens was knocked unconscious and was treated for several cuts, a mild concussion and severe swelling.

Both Hayes and Williams confessed to committing the crime, according to the arrest warrant.

In a separate incident, Williams physically attacked Paul with ‘punches to the head and face’ while Hayes and Pettway waited in a car ‘with knowledge of Williams’ intent.’  Williams came away with Paul’s wallet, which contained cash, a UA student action card and various credit and debit cards.

Williams later used Paul’s UA card and debit card to purchase snacks from a vending machine on the first floor of Bryant Hall.

With knowledge that it was stolen, Calloway, who was not involved in the robberies, admitted to using Paul’s UA card for numerous purchases.”


We’re big believers in second chances around here, but getting a second chance in life has nothing to do with getting a second chance to represent a university as a member of its football team.  If Hayes and Williams admitted to the beatings, they should be dismissed from Alabama’s football team immediately.  Period.  End of story.  (That’s not to say Pettway and Calloway shouldn’t get the heave-ho, too — they should — but violence is a more pressing issue than theft in this writer’s eyes.  And if Hayes and Williams admitted to their roles in those beatings, they should be booted ASAP.)

Alabama AD Mal Moore said via statement:


“This is a very serious matter and we are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes.  In this type of situation, the Athletics Department works in conjunction with the University.  We will have more to say at the appropriate time.”


We expect the word “dismissed” to be included when UA officials decide it is the appropriate time to talk.

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Bama Staffer Fired For Anti-Newton Songs

The controversial — and classless — decision to play “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man” just before last week’s Iron Bowl has cost a University of Alabama employee his job.  The school has fired the part-time staffer for not clearing the songs before playing them over the Bryant-Denny Stadium PA system.

“Our processes require that all music and videos played in the stadium prior to and during every game be carefully scripted and approved by a senior administrator in the Athletics Department,” according to a UA spokesperson.  “The former staff member deviated from the script that had been approved for the game with Auburn, and the University took steps to immediately terminate his contract.”

“The University of Alabama takes great pride in our football team’s long-standing tradition of playing the game with dignity and class, and showing respect for players and coaches of opposing teams.”

Alabama students no doubt loved the decision to take very public, very loud shots at Cam Newton and his father on gameday.  But I have to think (hope) that at least a few adult Tide fans were embarrassed by their school’s music selection.

SEC football is serious business.  Fans have been known to take things way, way too far.  There is no room for the league’s universities to jump into that fray.  The schools of the SEC are in business together.  By playing songs that drew attention to the NCAA/FBI investigations into Newton, the University of Alabama brought even more attention to the SEC’s troubles in front of this season’s largest television audience.  Mike Slive was probably less than enthused when he learned of the incident. 

And to those who think playing those songs was funny:

1. You clearly don’t worry about something like “class”

2. You don’t understand that SEC schools — even those that are rivals — are business partners

3.  You’re wrong

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