Eddie Williams and 3 Other Alabama Football Players Arrested

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

Four Alabama Crimson Tide football players were arrested Monday night, according to John Taylor of CollegeFootballTalk.com

Eddie Williams, D.J. Pettway, Tyler Hayes and Brent Calloway were the players arrested. According to the report, Hayes, Pettway and Williams have been charged with second-degree robbery, and Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card. 


UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15 at 11:10 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

The news gets worse for the troubled quartet of Crimson Tide football players. Not only are they suspended from the football team, but Calloway is now the lone player even allowed to grace Alabama's campus.

CBS Sports has the latest:

The University of Alabama has barred three Crimson Tide players from campus after their arrest on robbery charges.

University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Friday the players are suspended from school pending a judicial review expected to be done by late next week.

Eddie Williams, Tyler Hayes and D.J. Pettway have been charged in separate robberies of two students on campus early Monday morning.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Head coach Nick Saban has indefinitely suspended all of the players involved in the incident (via Andrew Gribble of the Mobile Press-Register). 

All four arrested Alabama football players have been indefinitely suspended, per a statement from Nick Saban.

— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) February 12, 2013

Chase Goodbread of the Tuscaloosa News released a portion of Saban's statement on Twitter

Saban: "This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.”

— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) February 12, 2013

Saban had to send a message to a lot of people here, and it sounds like he has done just that. He has always been a no-nonsense coach, so the fact that he is coming down hard on these four student-athletes is not a surprise. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 12:30 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Alabama's athletic director Mal Moore released the following statement (via Andrew Gribble of AL.com):

This is a very serious matter and we are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes. In this type of situation, the Athletics Department works in conjunction with the University. We will have more to say at the appropriate time.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 11:35 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

According to Chase Goodbread and Stephanie Taylor of TideSports.com, the arrest warrants for all four players provide more details and insight into what happened. 

According to arrest warrants, D.J. Pettway, Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes punched a student's head and face and kicked him in the ribs and back area. 

Williams and Hayes admitted to the attack, which caused cuts to the victim's face, a mild concussion and severe swelling, according to the warrants. 


In a second robbery, Williams admitted to police that he punched a student's head and face while Pettway and Hayes stood by and watched. He said that he stole the student's wallet and later used his student identification card to buy snacks from a vending machine in the football player's dorm.

This situation could be a defining moment for Nick Saban during his tenure at Alabama. 

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Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News is also reporting that Williams was "arrested Sunday on an unlicensed gun charge."

Williams was one of the most highly touted players coming out of high school in 2012. He was the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Florida and the No. 2 athlete in the country, according to 247Sports.com.

Calloway has had brushes with the law in the past. In October 2011, he was arrested and charged with marijuana possession after being pulled over for not having the headlights on his car turned on. 

The team did release a statement shortly after the arrest was made public, saying that the situation with Calloway would be handled internally. 

Hayes, a freshman linebacker, played sparingly in 2012. He recorded 14 tackles in his debut season, including two against Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game. Pettway had one sack in that BCS Championship Game. 

Alabama has had a tumultuous offseason since winning its second consecutive national championship. In addition to this situation, the program was mentioned by Sports Illustrated as having some players use deer antler spray, the controversial and banned substance.