Four Alabama players suspended after robbery, fraud charges
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban has suspended indefinitely four players arrested and charged with crimes including robbery and assault, according to a statement released by the school’s athletics communications office.

"The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude," Saban's statement read. "This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.”

The four players were charged Monday by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, according to a school spokesman.

Running back Brent Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Linebacker Tyler Hayes was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Defensive back Eddie Williams was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card, and defensive lineman Dennis "D.J." Pettway was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery.

According to a statement provided by Cathy Andreen, the university’s director of media relations, "The University of Alabama Police Department received reports of two robberies, the first occurring at approximately 12:35 a.m. in the 800 block of Campus Drive and the second at approximately 1:20 a.m. in the 200 block of 7th Avenue. Both victims reported that they were assaulted and their belongings were taken."

"UAPD's investigation led to the identification of suspects in both incidents," Andreen's statement said.

All were released from jail today from 3 and 5 a.m. on bond ranging from $5,000 to $65,000. Court documents show Williams and Hayes have confessed to the robberies, and Calloway admitted to using a stolen debit card. Court documents say that two students were knocked unconscious in the robberies early Monday morning.

Mal Moore, Alabama's athletics director, released a statement regarding the four players.

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

This is Calloway's second arrest since arriving at Alabama. He was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in October 2011.

All four players were part of Alabama's 2012 national championship team.

Calloway completed his redshirt freshman season as a backup running back.

Pettway was a redshirt freshman who was a backup defensive lineman and linebacker, while Hayes was a backup linebacker as a true freshman. All three appeared in 13 games.

Williams, who was a true freshman, sat out the season as a redshirt to preserve his eligibility.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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