Update: The four players in question have been suspended indefinitely according to reports this afternoon.
While details are still somewhat limited this morning, reports have surfaced that four Alabama Crimson Tide football players — redshirt freshmen Brent Calloway and D.J. Pettway and true freshmen Tyler Hayes and Eddie Williams were booked into the Tuscaloosa, Alabama county sherrif’s office overnight.
Calloway was arrested for a single charge of alleged fraudulent debit card use. Williams was also arrested for alleged fraudulent debit card use, but also alleged second degree robbery.
Hayes and Williams were each booked on charges of alleged second degree robbery.
Brent Calloway ran for 63 yards on 10 carries in limited action as a fill-in for Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon in 2012. D.J. Pettway tallied eight tackles in 2012 and Hayes 14 tackles. Eddie Williams does not appear when searching Alabama’s statistical records from 2012.
As spring practice looms — regardless of how this situation shakes out — it’s an unwelcome distraction at a minimum, and possibly something much larger to handle, for Nick Saban and his staff at Alabama.
Given this program is under the most intense scrutiny possible by local and regional media, national media, and most importantly, the NCAA, any off-field transgressions will be viewed under a microscope.
It’s always assumed that programs with the level of success that Alabama has enjoyed over the past five years are doing something under the table, or inviting athletes which can’t handle the off-season free time in their programs, where the days are much less structured.
We’ll be watching this situation unfold and will provide updates as the day continues.