HOOVER, Ala. — The most contentious offseason issue involving Alabama has been the arrests of star tackle Cam Robinson and backup safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones.
Speaking at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban discussed how the program is disciplining both players, revealing that it will be handled internally if they continue to “change their behavior.”
Robinson, a projected first-round NFL draft pick, was originally arrested for illegal possession of stolen firearms in Louisiana– a felony charge — and a misdemeanor drug possession charge. Those charges and Jones’ were later dropped by Ouachita Parish district attorney Jerry Jones.
The details of how exactly Robinson came to be in possession of a stolen firearm are unclear. So Saban was asked whether stricter gun control laws might have prevented a situation such as Robinson’s from occurring in the first place.
While very hesitant to discuss the national issue of gun control laws, the longtime coach did respond:
“I don’t really think that I should be someone who’s determining what gun laws we have,” Saban said. “I do think that the thing we try to teach our players is that respect for other people, relationships with other people, I think that people make poor choices and decisions about how they use these things that you’re talking about, it’s because they’re afraid. They don’t have a good relationship, they don’t have an understanding, they don’t have a feeling whether it’s a policeman or some young person of whatever (ethnicity) – Hispanic, white, black.
“This person doesn’t know how that person feels, that person doesn’t know how this one feels. And there’s always a little fear. And when you have that kind of fear, you have people making poor choices and decisions about how they do these things.
“In any case, I don’t think I’m in a position, but I do think having a respect for other people and developing relationships – which is what we try to do on our team, so we don’t have those problems internally – I think this is something that if we worked on this (globally) we would end up solving problems rather than creating them.