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Four Alabama football players arrested, suspended indefinitely
By Eye on College Football staff-cbssportsline.com
Four Alabama football players were arrested Monday on charges of second-degree robbery. On Tuesday afternoon, coach Nick Saban announced that all four players have been suspended indefinitely.
"The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people," Saban said in a news release. "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."
According to the website of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, defensive back Eddie Williams, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway, linebacker Tyler Hayes and running back Brent Calloway were booked.
Calloway, 20, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Hayes, 18, and Pettway, 20, were charged with second-degree robbery, while Williams, 20, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree robbery.
Williams, Hayes and Pettway were arrested for allegedly assaulting two fellow students in attempted robberies, knocking one of them unconscious. In the first incident, police say, Williams and Hayes admitted to punching the student in the head and face, then kicking him in the ribs and back, reportedly leaving the victim with cuts, a mild concussion and severe swelling. They allegedly took the victim's backpack, which contained an Apple laptop computer.
In the second incident, police say Williams admitted to punching another student in the head and face and stealing the victim's wallet while Hayes and Pettway watched. Williams later used the victim's student identification to buy snacks from a vending machine in a dorm room.
Jail records show the players were arrested around midnight and released between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Williams was released on $65,000 bond. Hayes and Pettway were released on $60,000 bond. Calloway was released on $5,000 bond.
All four players were backups for the Tide during their BCS national championship run in 2012. All four players remain listed on the current roster at Alabama's athletics website.
It was the second recent arrest for Williams. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office records indicated the defensive back was charged Sunday for carrying a gun without a license.
Calloway, a former five-star recruit, also has a previous arrest since arriving on campus, for misdemeanor marijuana possession in October 2011. Discipline in that case was handled internally.
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