Jan 19, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore speaks during the National Championship celebration outside Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Releases Statement on Arrested Players

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?

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  • kdawg

    gone see ya blew your chance bye

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622313157 Shakira Graham

    Kick em off, they blew their chance and thought they were bigger then the program. Bye

  • http://www.facebook.com/Scott.Smith1121 Scott Smith

    Kick their asses off the team… and out of the county

  • http://www.facebook.com/jevLuvChoclate Jev Marshall

    So sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1845613090 Sheila Ray

    kick them off the team and send a message to NOT JUST ALABAMA…BUT TO ALL schools this behavior will NOT BE TOLERATED..how stupid to ruin a future as bright as theirs WAS…smh

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.baldwin.79 Dan Baldwin

      I agree!

  • http://www.facebook.com/groveygirl Kacy Sample

    Dismiss them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.baranick Steve Baranick

    them boys know they have messed up i’d scare the shit out of them to where they would never do anything wrong again and no prison,,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641181985 Patrick Moore

    Coach Bryant would have kicked them to the curb, let’s see if Saban is really worthy of the praise comparing him…

  • rob

    kick them to the curb

  • http://www.facebook.com/martha.kennedy.96 Martha Bradford Kennedy

    This is bad, i see no other way but to dismiss them,The crimson tide does not need this type of crime hanging over them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allen.barnes.543 Allen Barnes

    Suspend them from all team activities until the legal proceedings are completed. If found guilty, you won’t have to worry about kicking them off the team, that will effectively be done for you by the courts. If found innocent, then re-evaluate.

  • Stuckey

    Cut them. Send a message to the rest of the team that behavior like that will not be tolerated at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.crooke Deborah Crooke

    There is the possibility one did not know he was using a stolen card. The other three have probably just ruined the bright futures they had before them and deserve to be kicked off the team and out of the University. It was a privilege to go there and be on that team—privileges come with responsibilities and they obviously did not live up to their responsibilities. I hope their punishment includes having to SERVE people, especially those they so brutally attacked.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jimy.crakho Jimy Crakho

      if he wasn’t using his own card, he shouldn’t have been using it AT ALL

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688245302 Dale Carter

      The card has a photo ID on it and he has admitted that he knew it was stolen.


  • http://www.facebook.com/lamarcus.brathwaite Lamarcus Brathwaite

    They must leave the program. We have to many other outstanding players that can take control of those positions. As for the 5 Star he seems that he was not a Tide of the future anyway. You see what you get sooner then later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.h.creech Cynthia Hooks Creech

    get rid of them, we can do better than felons! These kids had the keys to the kingdom, but forgot to bring their home trianing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27422371 Pete Giambrone

    Time to go. It is an honor and a privilege to play at Bama, and if you can’t handle yourself properly its time to go. As an alumnus of the University of Alabama I can say that this is not how we are expected to behave and no exception to the rule should be made.I pray that these 4 guys serve their time if found guilty and go on to succeed in life in the future, but not at Alabama.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.franklin.351 Tim Franklin

    How are thy any different from the rest of the crooks at that university ?? they will suspend them for 1 game & the boosters will pay everyone off like they always do at alerbammer….bunch of crooks, no class at all

    • http://www.facebook.com/Bartlett.army.1 Bartlett Stephen

      Ur a douche

    • http://www.facebook.com/jimy.crakho Jimy Crakho

      Should have kept your mouth shut before opening it and proving to everyone you’re an idiot….gratz

    • Annette Kendall

      where’s your proof for your statements?????

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.baldwin.79 Dan Baldwin

      Sounds a little like sour grapes—and mostly like jealousy!! I should have known!! Auburn fan!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/daemonkin Jeremy Hale

    I say wait and see if they are guilty but suspend them from the team until it’s over.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jimy.crakho Jimy Crakho

      the ones that have admitted that they beat up a student and took his belonging need to be gone NOW.

  • carbo

    Well, there went one or two mult-imillion dollar careers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.chapman.96 Dustin Chapman

    Im a Gator so I’ve dealt w/ my fair share of idiot players Like Carlos Dunlap & Chris Rainey…..You’ve gotta drill home that message that NO ONE PERSON IS BIGGER THAN THE PROGRAM!!!

  • bdwilkin

    Roll Tide and just charge it to the Underhills.

  • Hud334

    They have to go!! Its unexcusable!! Young men all over the country wish & work very hard to be in their shoes or have the God given talent that these young men posses. I would rather have a young man that works his behind off and does the right thing than one sitting on top of the world that thinks the world owes him something because he can catch or run a football

  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.d.griffin Devan Dblock Griffin

    goodbye guys we’ll get a bcs trophy again without ya’ll

  • http://www.facebook.com/chip.robison1 Chip Robison

    Give the poor guys a break now. They grew up in broken homes and we should be sensitive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=896420176 Tyler Brown

    They won’t do nothing to them but if it was a school like Ole Miss they would be kicked to the curb by the sec director

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bartlett.army.1 Bartlett Stephen

    Ur a douche

  • Jason Berry

    Kick them out of the university!! No questions asked… make an example to out of happens when you do something like they did.. RollTideRoll… University of Alabama doesnt need athletes like this neither does any other University..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528380453 Denae Leigh Armstrong

    It is an honor to be chosen to play on a championship team. They have lost that privilege. Kick them out of school and send them home. They can go play for some junior college somewhere and wish they had not been idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stan.smith.319 Stan Smith

    Bye, bye.

  • amanda

    This is so sad. My 8 year old son who looks up to all of the players on the team, saw this on the news and was just devastated. He and so many others think so much more of this team. I hope these guys get the punishment and embarrassment they deserve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.t.johnston1 Lindsey Tindle Johnston

    I think the University is right in immediately suspending them indefinitely, but not jumping to any extreme or rash conclusions. They need to get all of the necessary info together. I honestly don’t think they’ll stand for having these players on the football team, or for them to have athletic scholarships. Yes, they have admitted to it. Yes, action must be taken. I’d rather sit my butt in jail that face Saban after this.

  • http://twitter.com/AmyHolt9 Amy Holt

    They should be dismissed if the charges are true. That is so sad, they would have had their whole lives ahead of them, some of them probably in the NFL but that is the way bad decisions will do when you make them.

  • scouch

    Color them gone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/francesj2012 Frances Jones

    Disgusting. I know they’re indefinitely suspended, which typically means they will end up off the team. No one who has been indefinitely suspended under Saban has ever returned to the team. These students have everything at UA- as I student here, I know good athletes are treated like royalty. Their education plus some is paid for, they didn’t need those credit cards or that laptop.