Alabama Football: Big Al Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges

Nic GulasSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2008

With all the arrests surrounding the Alabama Football program, one more is not shocking to anyone. 

That is, until the latest arrest. 

Early Tuesday morning, around 12:30 am, Crimson Tide mascot Big Al was arrested on The Strip in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 

Al was seen fleeing the scene of a crime down University Avenue before he was tackled by University Police. 

Big Al is being charged on two counts of armed robbery. 

Surveillance video shows Big Al entering a BP gas station at the end of The Strip, a popular hangout just off campus, around 12:23 am.  He then proceeded to the snack food aisle, where he stuffed his shirt with every bag of circus peanuts in the store.  Al finally approached the counter and pulled a T-shirt gun on the clerk and demanded cash. 

Big Al, 29, was taken to the University Police station and held overnight.

This makes the 11th arrest of someone connected to or a member of the football program since head coach Nick Saban was hired. 

"I would expect this from one of Shula's boys," Saban said, "but not from someone who has been here since the Bear Bryant days.  Then again, he has been in college for almost thirty years now." 

Upon hearing of the incident, the NCAA has handed down a ten-year ban on Big Al's involvement in the Capital One Bowl Mascot Challenge. 

Big Al has been told not to comment until he is arraigned later this summer.