TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban is waiting for all of the facts to come out before he makes a judgement on what to do following Cam Robinson and Laurence “Hootie” Jones’ arrests, but that doesn’t mean the coach can’t voice his displeasure with the actions of his two players.
Robinson — Alabama’s starting left tackle — and Jones — a reserve defensive back — were both arrested early Tuesday morning in Louisiana on drugs and weapon charges.
Saban, during a radio interview Tuesday with WNSP-FM in Mobile, Ala., stuck to his original statement before expanding a bit.
“We all have a responsibility and an obligation to represent the university, ourselves and our families in a first class way,” Saban said. “Obviously we’re a little disappointed that better choices and decisions weren’t made here. But, until we get the facts, we don’t really have much else to say about it.”
Robinson was booked for illegal possession of stolen firearms, which is listed as a felony. According to a statement from the Monroe Police Department, the gun was reported stolen in Baldwin Co, Ala. Charges of illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of narcotics and misdemeanor possession of a controlled/dangerous substance were also listed.
Jones was held for illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of narcotics and possession of a controlled/dangerous substance.
Earlier Tuesday, Saban released a statement saying he was still in the early stages of gathering information about the incident. Alabama players, meanwhile, took to Twitter to voice their support for Robinson and Jones.
Robinson’s high school coach also spoke out in support of Robinson, speaking highly of the potential first-round NFL draft pick’s character.