It has been an ugly day for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team after it was learned that four players – running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and defensive back Eddie Williams – were arrested on Monday on a variety of charges that included felony theft and fraud.
Earlier this afternoon, Alabama athletic director Mal Moore released a statement expressing his disappointment with the players, however, he did not comment on their future with the team.
Now, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has issued a statement of his own and handed down some immediate punishment to the four players.
Here is Saban’s statement:
The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude. This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.
Williams is in the most trouble after being charged with second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card after two separate incidents where he allegedly beat and robbed two students. He was also arrested on Sunday for carrying a gun without a permit.
Hayes and Pettway were charged with second-degree robbery and Calloway was slapped with a fraudulent use of a credit/debit card charge.
It certainly is a black eye for the program and it would be shocking if the players were not dismissed from the team.