Nick Saban was put in the spotlight this week at SEC Media Days, as Paul Finebaum took the coach to task about the lack of suspensions for Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones after their arrests in May. Saban didn’t tee off on Finebaum as much as he did the justice system in the situation, as he allegedly said off-camera that the arresting officers were “disgruntled LSU fans”.
The Monroe Police did not take too kindly to that, and officer Chris Bates released a statement about the arrests and Saban’s comments.
“I can tell you for a fact that the first officer on the scene is not an LSU fan. He hates LSU. He doesn’t like the color yellow or purple and gold. In fact, he’s a Florida fan. If you mention LSU around him, he throws up in his mouth. Most of our officers are LSU fans, but we have some who are Arkansas fans and Georgia fans and Alabama fans. And I’ll tell you this, the first officer did not even know those guys were players.”
If Saban did indeed make those comments — and Finebaum says he did — then the response by the Monroe Police Department is spot on. Obviously Saban is upset that his players got arrested for what he believes was an unfair situation, but you can’t make an accusation like that.
Both Robinson and Jones reportedly have disciplinary steps to take within the program, but both are likely to be allowed to play in Week 1 against USC in AT&T Stadium.
[H/T USA Today]