UPDATE: Four UA Players Dismissed From Team, School
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – Leaders with the University of Alabama have dismissed four football players following their arrests on robbery and fraud charges.
Police arrested Brent Calloway, Tyler Hayes, D.J. Pettway and Eddie Williams February 12. Calloway is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Hayes and Pettway are charged with second-degree robbery. Williams is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, second-degree robbery and having a pistol without a permit.
“Based on all the information we’ve received and gone through in trying to determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no longer associated with the football program,” said Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. “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. I’ve been really proud that over the last five years our team has done a very good job of their personal responsibility and how they represent the university, what they have done in the community, the classroom and on the field.”
The students are also kicked out of school.
“UA’s judicial review has been completed. The four students involved in the robberies on campus are no longer enrolled in UA, ” said Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations.
A university student claims Pettway, Hayes and Williams physically attacked him on a sidewalk near a campus parking deck. The student also alleges the three took his backpack.
Williams, Pettway and Hayes are also accused of stealing another student’s wallet, which contained cash, a UA Action card and debit/credit cards.
Police say Williams later used the stolen cards, and Calloway did as well, getting snacks from the vending machine located on the first floor of Bryant Hall.
The four players had previously been suspended indefinitely following their arrests.
“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,” Saban added. “Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.”
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