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Nick Saban Discusses Discipline For Player Arrests

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban touched on recent player arrests at the Regions Tradition golf tournament on Wednesday.


Nick Saban woke up with a headache on Tuesday morning thanks to the arrests of two Alabama players – Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones. The two were detained by police in Monroe, La.

Robinson was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), illegal carrying of a weapon and felony possession of stolen firearms, while Jones picked up counts of the first two.

Nick Saban released a statement on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, while at the Regions Tradition golf event, was asked about potential discipline.

“Yeah, I talked to them and there’s nothing really different on it,” Saban told reporters.

“How do we do it? We do it internally. It’s not something we do publicly and we’re not going to do it today.”

Often times, when individuals are arrested, the immediate reaction is to simply punish them. While it is necessary, Saban views punishment as more than retribution for an offense. He sees it as an opportunity to better the lives of his players and change the course of the their future.

“If we can change their behavior based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline. Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It’s how do you change somebody’s behavior so they have a better chance to be successful.”

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