Early Wednesday afternoon, Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced that the four players who were arrested several weeks ago—Brent Calloway, Tyler Hayes, D.J. Pettway and Eddie Williams—had been dismissed from the team.
“Those guys are no longer associated with the football program,” Saban said. “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.
“We are going to continue to do as much as we can in personal development and character development in our program with education to try to help our guys have a chance to be more successful in life. Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.”
Following the news, Pettway’s attorney Jay Stuck released this statement:
"While certainly disappointed in the University's decision announced earlier today, DJ wishes to convey his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has provided him assistance, guidance, and well wishes throughout this process. He wishes to express particular gratitude to his family and friends that have and continue to provide unwavering support.
"Although his journey at Alabama is over for now, DJ is excited about the opportunities that may present themselves as he moves forward with his studies and personal growth.
"DJ would like to convey to his teammates his sincerest disappointment in not being able to join them on the field as they prepare for the upcoming season. He also wants both his teammates and his coaches to know that he considers them all extended family members and that due to their friendship and support his time at Alabama has been the best of his life. He truly regrets any pain, distractions, or other problems that this incident has caused any of them.
"DJ is committed to putting this incident behind him and to proving to all of those fans, coaches, and teammates that were disappointed by this incident that it is not a reflection of the man he is. He has already learned a great deal from these issues and is eager to begin the long road of proving to his family, friends, coaches, teammates, and the fans of the University of Alabama that he is worthy of the trust and faith they placed in him.
"Due to the ongoing nature of the proceedings surrounding this incident, neither DJ nor his family will be commenting publicly. DJ hopes the media will respect this decision that was made on the advice of counsel. As this matter proceeds, DJ eagerly awaits his opportunity to present his side of the story."
On Feb. 11, Hayes, 18, Pettway, 20, and Williams, 20, were charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, and Calloway, 20, was charged with one count of fraudulent use of a creditor card. Williams was also charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and was also arrested the day before on an unlicensed gun charge.
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