TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban released a statement Thursday following the arrest of outside linebacker Tim Williams.
Williams was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with carrying a pistol without a permit. His bond was set at $300.
“This kind of behavior is not condoned in our program,” Saban said. “We are currently in the process of reviewing all of the information. Once we have a complete understanding of the situation, we will determine what we need to do in terms of the appropriate discipline.”
According to the report from the University of Alabama Police Department, officers initially approached Williams’ parked car because they smelled burning marijuana. The car was in the Publix parking lot on University Blvd. When the officers searched the vehicle, they found a bag of marijuana in the center console and a pistol under the driver’s seat.
The report said Williams’ friend in the car, Tykheem Dunaway, told the police that the marijuana belonged to a friend named “Brandon Chicken.” Williams does not face any charges related to the marijuana.
Williams was arrested on charges of carrying the pistol without a permit. Williams told the police he purchased the gun in Louisiana, Williams’ home state. He told police that when he bought the gun, the store gave him a temporary permit. He did not have the permit with him. Williams was transported to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
“The University of Alabama Police Department arrested UA football player Timothy Williams last night for carrying a pistol without a license,” a university spokesman said in a news release.
Williams has 6 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the season. He is credited with 3 quarterback hurries and 1 forced fumble.
Williams had a breakout campaign in 2015. Playing mostly on third downs, Williams finished third in the SEC with 10.5 sacks.
CBSSports.com lists Williams as the No. 7 overall prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft.