It was reported early this morning that four players from the University of Alabama were arrested on a handful of damning charges and the university was quick to release a statement on the issue.
While they have not yet decided on any punishment or dismissal for any of the players involved, Alabama athletic director Mal Moore issued the statement that expresses his extreme disappointment with the situation.
The statement reads:
“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.”
The four players involved – running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and defensive back Eddie Williams – are all facing felony charges that include second-degree burglary and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.
This is surely not the way that Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban wanted to start a season where his team is going for a three-peat.
If Alabama, Moore and Saban want to set the appropriate example and send a message that the team needs to stay focused and keep their eye on the goal, I see no other option than to dismiss the players from the program.
How do you think Alabama should handle the punishment for the players who have delivered a black eye to the program?