February 12th, 2013 01:08 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama
Tags: Alabama, Athletics Department, Bryant Hall, UA
New details have emerged concerning the arrests of four Alabama football players in Tuscaloosa yesterday. According to the arrest warrants — which you can get to via Al.com — freshman Tyler Hayes, redshirt freshman DJ Pettway, and freshman Eddie Williams attacked and robbed a pair of University of Alabama students named Samuel Jurgens and Caleb Paul. Freshman Brent Calloway then used a credit card stolen during the robbery.
According to Andrew Gribble’s report from Al.com:
“The trio is accused of physically attacking Jurgens with ‘punches to the head and face’ and kicks to the ribs and back and stealing his backpack, which contained an Apple MacBook Pro. Jurgens was knocked unconscious and was treated for several cuts, a mild concussion and severe swelling.
Both Hayes and Williams confessed to committing the crime, according to the arrest warrant.
In a separate incident, Williams physically attacked Paul with ‘punches to the head and face’ while Hayes and Pettway waited in a car ‘with knowledge of Williams’ intent.’ Williams came away with Paul’s wallet, which contained cash, a UA student action card and various credit and debit cards.
Williams later used Paul’s UA card and debit card to purchase snacks from a vending machine on the first floor of Bryant Hall.
With knowledge that it was stolen, Calloway, who was not involved in the robberies, admitted to using Paul’s UA card for numerous purchases.”
We’re big believers in second chances around here, but getting a second chance in life has nothing to do with getting a second chance to represent a university as a member of its football team. If Hayes and Williams admitted to the beatings, they should be dismissed from Alabama’s football team immediately. Period. End of story. (That’s not to say Pettway and Calloway shouldn’t get the heave-ho, too — they should — but violence is a more pressing issue than theft in this writer’s eyes. And if Hayes and Williams admitted to their roles in those beatings, they should be booted ASAP.)
Alabama AD Mal Moore said via statement:
“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.”
We expect the word “dismissed” to be included when UA officials decide it is the appropriate time to talk.
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