Four current Bama players throw their futures away

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UPDATE: Statements from Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban & AD Mal Moore added
UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen confirmed this morning that four current Alabama football players were arrested Monday night on charges ranging from 2nd degree robbery to fraudulent use of a credit card.

Andreen confirmed the arrests of freshman linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, freshman safety Eddie Williams, 20, redshirt freshman D.J. Pettway, 20, and redshirt freshman H-back Brent Calloway, 20. They were arrested by University of Alabama Police and were booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

All four were released from jail Monday on bonds that ranged from $5,000 (Calloway), to $60,000 (Pettway and Hayes) and $65,000 (Williams).

Williams, a former five-star recruit from Panama City, FL, was arrested for a separate charge of carrying a pistol without a license on Sunday. He did not play in 2012.

Hayes played in 13 games as a reserve and had 14 tackles, primarily on special teams.

Pettway redshirted the 2011 season before contributing some at defensive end in 2012. He had four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season.

This is Calloway’s second arrest since he signed with Alabama in 2011, having been charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in Oct. 2011. After redshirting his first season at Alabama, Calloway played primarily on special teams in 2012.

All four players have chosen to look their futures directly in the eye and, rather than take advantage of the opportunities before them, urinate on what could have been.

Under Nick Saban at Alabama, you have tutelage under the best in the business. Even if you don’t make it to the NFL, which is an overwhelming possibility at Bama, you’re in the second most successful degree program in the SEC, and in the top seven in America. You WILL graduate with your degree and with zero school debt if you just do what you’re supposed to do.

Even if you don’t make it in pro football, do ya think the name Nick Saban on your resume will help get you a nod or two if you want to get into coaching?

Forget coaching…ask Jay Barker, Tyler Watts…even Auburn’s Stan White how name recognition and association with athletics helps you in the insurance business.

Ask any former player how being known helps you after football. But instead, what these players will be known for will be vastly different, and detrimental.

But some people just can’t be helped, and these, if proven guilty, will fall into that category…ready to be processed in front of a football team teeming with talent, held up as examples of what can and will happen if you choose to let the thug in you come out to play.

When dealing with 18-22 year old young men, stories like these are inevitable, but they never stop taking your breath away. These players needed Alabama far more than Alabama needed them.

As former player Josh Chapman tweeted this morning:

Josh Chapman ‏@The_Boss61
I just dont understand the decisions these boys make, now days. Free Scholarship, free room and free food.Why would they even take that risk?

And Will Lowery:

Will Lowery ‏@jwlowery29
Praying for safety of victims and also for the young men.They probably just threw away the biggest opportunity of their lives for some chips.

There simply are no words when one comes face to face with stupidity.

UPDATE: Alabama head football coach Nick Saban suspends arrested player. Here is his statement:
“The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude. This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.”

UPDATE: Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore released the following statement regarding the arrest of four Alabama footbal players:
“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.”

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