Football Fans Weigh In On Players' Arrests


By Ashley Thompson

Four University of Alabama football players were recently arrested and suspended indefinitely from the team. News of the arrests has prompted responses from Coach Nick Saban, the school's athletic director, and fans everywhere.

It's been just a little over a month since Alabama's football team was riding high off their second consecutive national championship. And now, all eyes are once again on the school but this time it's for something less than honorable.

"They're careers may be ruined now, just because they may have acted stupidly," says fan Jason Gregg.

Four athletes, freshman Tyler Hayes, freshman Dennis Pettway, sophomore Brent Calloway and freshman Eddie Williams were arrested on charges of either second degree robbery or credit card fraud. In a police report, Williams admits to knocking a man unconscious before robbing him. Williams was also arrested just days ago for carrying a weapon without a license. Scott Hooper of the Montgomery Quarterback Club says there's no room for this kind of behavior in any football program.

"No athlete should act like that because athletes are held to a higher standard and should be," he says. "How can you have someone like that be a role model to smaller kids?"

The four players have been suspended indefinitely. Nick Saban released a statement that reads in part "This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program." Others seem to agree with the winning coach.

"I think it's good that they got suspended," says fan Robert Rygiel. "They need to learn that they can't get away with anything just because they're athletes."

Sports Analyst John Longshore tells us he's not surprised by the arrests, saying things like this have been happening with high-profile athletes for quite some time. But he says he does find the situation especially troubling.

"One of the players in particular actually physically beat up a student, knocked him unconscious, while two of the players sat there and watched," says Longshore. "The sad fact of that is that those two students were probably big fans of these players and this team."



Trouble has been no stranger to many collegiate-level athletes but the University of Alabama hasn't had many recent off-the-field problems, until now.  

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