Four arrested Alabama players dismissed from team
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama were dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus.
University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban had earlier said the players “are no longer associated with the football program.”
“Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect,” Saban said. “It's obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened.
“I also think I'm really proud over the last five years that our team has done a very good job with their personal responsibility and how they've represented the university. Some people learn by words. Some people learn by consequences. Some people can't learn.”
Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway, who wasn't accused in the robberies, are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.
Williams confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back. He said Pettway and Hayes watched him commit another robbery from a nearby vehicle about an hour later, according to court documents.
Hayes, 18, admitted to participating in the first robbery and watching the second, court documents said.
Williams and Calloway, both 20, are scheduled for preliminary hearings March 19 in Tuscaloosa District Court.
Those two and 18-year-old Pettway have requested youthful offender status.
The first student reported having his Apple Macbook Pro stolen from his backpack. Both suffered mild concussions, cuts on the face and heavy swelling and had items stolen, according to court documents.
All four players were backups last season for Alabama, which has won three of the past four BCS titles. Williams didn't play in 2012, but he was one of the nation's top prospects the previous year and moved from receiver to safety.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Liriano no ace, but he’s Bucs’ key
- Moody’s downgrades Pa. rating; Corbett ponders pension reform session
- UPMC McKeesport president reiterates hospital will remain open
- Squirrel Hill street that had been paved getting another pave job
- 1 intruder killed, another injured in Carrick home invasion
- Derry Township assault suspect arrested
- Ukrainian festival will go on in McKees Rocks despite crisis in homeland
- Environmental groups win in open records case against Corbett
- Latrobe’s Ci Medical Technologies transforms to medical device business
- Clemson’s Stoudt is one of the unheralded ACC QBs trying to break out
- Mercer restoration company turns junk into repurposed treasure