Former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was dismissed from the program last month and seems to wish that it didn’t happen so quickly. Speaking to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Taylor elaborated on how he felt everything went down.
“Coach Saban is a great person who does believe in due process, who does believe in second chances,” Taylor told ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad. “He’s not a guy who worries about what people think. I wish Alabama would have waited, because it was shown I did nothing wrong.”
That isn’t entirely accurate, as Taylor was originally charged with domestic violence but ended up pleading guilty to criminal mischief after the victim recanted on her original claims.
It was not the first time Taylor was in trouble in such a fashion, as he was dismissed from the University of Georgia a year ago, also following claims of domestic violence.
That case is still pending.
But Taylor does have one supporter in head coach Nick Saban who, as was reported by Michael Casagrande of AL.com, that he did not feel Taylor received due process in the case and that he did not regret giving the young man a second chance.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Taylor was already in trouble in Georgia when he came to Alabama, and should have gone out of his way to avoid any off-field mishaps as he knew Alabama was taking a zero-tolerance stance with him.
Even if the dismissal did happen quickly, there’s no denying that it likely would have happened anyway.
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