Alabama running back Kenyan Drake was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with obstructing governmental operations.
Drake, a junior, was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. in the downtown Temerson Square area after he tried to reach his car that was inside a taped off area inside a crime scene, according to the Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa Police shot at a man they witnessed shooting another man and immediately taped off the area.
“His car was in the crime scene area, and he wanted to get to it,” Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley said. “He tried to enter the crime scene and get to it anyway.”
Obstructing governmental operations is a Class A misdemeanor and Drake was being held on $1,000 bail after officers arrested him before he could reach his vehicle.
Nick Saban issued a statement saying he was aware of the situation and will handle the situation after he has a chance to review the information and talk to the appropriate people.
Drake should be subject to some punishment from Saban. That punishment may come in the form of a suspension or some additional conditioning this offseason. It very well could be both. If Drake does face a suspension from the team, it wouldn’t be his first time being suspended as he was suspended for the Western Carolina game in 2012.
Was his crime the worst thing in the world? No, but he has to be smarter than to dismiss orders from the police and think he is above the law.