February 27th, 2013 01:09 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama
Tags: Alabama, Brent Calloway, Danny Woodson Jr, Eddie Williams, Nick Saban, Receiver Marvin Shinn, Tyler Hayes, UA
The playing careers of four University of Alabama football players arrested and charged with robbery and/or fraudulent use of a credit card earlier this month have ended in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban announced today that all four freshmen – Brent Calloway, Tyler Hayes, DJ Pettway, and Eddie Williams — are “no longer associated with the (Alabama) football team.
A statement from the University of Alabama said: “UA’s judicial review has been completed. The four students involved in the robberies on campus are no longer enrolled in UA.”
“Based on all the information we’ve received and gone through and tried to determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no longer associated with the football program. Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect. It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened…
I also think that I’ve been really proud of over the last five years that our team has done a very good job and shown personal responsibility and how they represent the university, what they’ve done in the community, in the classroom, off the field. And they’re going to continue to do as much as we can in personal development, character development in our program with education to try to help guys have a chance to be more successful in life…
Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.”
It was only a matter of time before Saban and/or the University of Alabama dismissed at least the three players directly involved in the robberies. We felt that Calloway might survive as he had only used a stolen credit card.
In the end, it is a privilege to represent one’s university as an athlete, not a right. A violent criminal act should end that privilege posthaste. Especially if one has already admitted to committing said act.
Here’s hoping the young men turn things around and make the most of any second chances that are afforded them in life. But that second chance should not have come on the same campus where the two students they knocked unconscious continue to matriculate.
On a separate note, Saban also revealed today that receiver Danny Woodson Jr. has been suspended for a violation of team rules.
Update: With the suspension, Woodson, Jr. is not participating in the team’s offseason workout program and he’s not the only one. Receiver Marvin Shinn has decided not to participate and will likely transfer, according to Nick Saban. Both players redshirted in 2011 and were reserves in 2012.
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