Alabama head football coach Nick Saban released a statement today on the arrest of star defensive back Cyrus Jones. The junior was charged early Wednesday morning with two accounts of third-degree domestic violence in the form of harassment and criminal mischief according to a Bleacher Report article.
Saban’s statement, just hours after the arrest, seemed fairly status quo.
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According to Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News, the Tuscaloosa Police Department released an official statement of the arrest. It included the following:
“After speaking with both parties and witnesses it was determined that the suspect had taken and damaged the victim’s cell phone earlier in the day and threatned to assault her in front of a witness.”
Domestic abuse is never a small issue, and with recent high-profile cases in the NFL, along with the questioning of a soon-to-be high NFL Draft pick in regard to a murder, it remains at the forefront of a list of issues the NCAA is hoping to crack down on.
It seems with Saban’s statement he is trying to insert his opinion that this case will turn out to be an non-issue. Unless new details arise from this case, look for there to be no punishment for Jones or the Crimson Tide.
However, it still doesn’t shed good light on Saban and his program. Jones is now the fourth ‘Bama football player to be arrested in the past six weeks.
Jones, who battled a hip injury all last season, tied for the team lead in interceptions with three in 2014, including two forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown.
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