Back in February, the University of Alabama kicked talented defensive end D.J. Pettway off of the team for his involvement in robberies. Last week, it was announced that Pettway would be making his return to the team in 2014 after the layoff.
It was a decision that had some scratching their heads and questioning head coach Nick Saban’s disciplinary tactics.
For the first time since the announcement, Saban spoke on the decision to bring Pettway back into the fold and noted that the defensive end had done everything that he needed to do to earn a second chance as a Crimson Tide player:
“The university made a decision that he could come back. We made a decision that we wanted him back,” Saban said. “We know D.J. Pettway very well. He certainly made a mistake in terms of what he did. We felt that this one person, because he did the things he was required to do, deserved a second chance.”
You certainly can’t fault Saban for giving another chance to a young man who may have indeed learned his lesson.
There were other players involved, however the Tide head coach noted that Pettway is the only one afforded the chance of a return:
“D.J. was never a bad guy when he was here. We never had a lot of problems with him before,” Saban said. “He did make a horrible decision to be involved with this incident but his involvement and the severity of his punishment was based on his involvement. Those are the guidelines that were set for him to get an opportunity to come back. No one else has that opportunity.”