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Four Alabama Football Players Charged Following Campus Robberies

February 13, 2013

Alabama Coach Nick Saban

Alabama Coach Nick Saban stated "this behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and is not representative of our football program." Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Four University of Alabama football players have been suspended from the team after being arrested on charges of robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card, the school said.

Running back Brent Calloway, defensive back Eddie Williams, defensive lineman Dennis Pettway and linebacker Tyler Hayes were booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail two days ago, according to a listing of arrests on the sheriff’s office website.

All four players were freshmen members of the Crimson Tide’s national championship team this past season.

“The university and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.”

The players were arrested by university police after two separate robberies on the Tuscaloosa campus, according to a statement released by the school.

Hayes, Pettway and Williams were charged with second-degree robbery, according to the website. Williams also was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, according to the web posting.

The website didn’t list any information on legal representation for the four. All four were released on bond -- Hayes and Pettway $60,000 each on the robbery charges; Williams $60,000 on the robbery count and $5,000 on the fraud charge, and Calloway $5,000 on the fraud count.

Lieutenant Andy Norris, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking additional information.

Alabama defeated the University of Notre Dame 42-14 last month to win its third Bowl Championship Series title in a four- year span.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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