Alabama boots four football players charged with robbery
Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Alabama has booted four freshmen football players who were recently arrested and charged with either second-degree robbery or credit card fraud, according to coach Nick Saban.
“Based on all the information we’ve received and going through and trying to determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no longer associated with the football program,” Saban said in a statement.
“Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect. It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened,” he added.
Defensive back Eddie Williams and linebackers Tyler Hayes and D.J. Pettway were dismissed after they were charged with second-degree robbery for allegedly robbing two students on the Tuscaloosa campus on Feb. 11.
Redshirt freshman H-back Brent Calloway was also dismissed after being charged with use of a stolen credit card taken from one of the students allegedly robbed by his teammates.
Alabama associate vice president for university relations earlier announced that the four students were ordered dismissed after the university’s judicial review.
A former five-star athlete from Florida, Williams admitted to police that he robbed a student after hitting him in different parts of his body.
Williams said Pettway and Hayes watched him commit another robbery, according to court records. Calloway admitted to using the stolen credit card for snacks from a vending machine.
“Some people learn by words. Some people can learn by consequences. Some people can’t learn,” Saban said.
All four players saw action as during Alabama’s run to a second straight national championship this past season.
Pettway was named to the all-SEC freshman team after recording 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss as a defensive end.
Hayes tallied 14 tackles as a freshman, primarily on special teams, including two in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame
Calloway carried the ball just 10 times and Williams was not used at all as the staff opted to redshirt him.