BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Speaking prior to his tee time at the Regions Tradition golf tournament, Alabama coach Nick Saban provided the latest on Cam Robinson and Laurence “Hootie” Jones, who were both arrested early Tuesday morning in Louisiana on drug and weapon charges.
“Yeah, I’ve talked to them. There’s nothing really different on it,” Saban said Wednesday. “We’re still gathering information about the circumstances and the situation to figure out whether there’s something internally we need to do that’s appropriate relative to what the situation is.”
Asked how his theory of disciplining players has evolved over the years, Saban said “I’m not going to talk about that right now,” before expanding.
“You’ve been around here for nine years, have you not?” Saban said in response to the reporter’s question. “How do we do it? We do it internally. It’s not something we do publicly, and we’re not going to do it today. If we can change their behavior based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline. Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It’s how do you change somebody’s behavior so they have a better chance of being successful. That’s the way we try to do it. That’s the way I’d like to do it with my own children. I think that’s the way most parents would like to do it with their children.”
The charges facing Robinson — Alabama’s starting left tackle — include a felony count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm.
Earlier Tuesday, Saban released a statement saying he was still in the early stages of gathering information about the incident. Saban later said during a radio appearance that he was “disappointed” with Robinson and Jones’ choices.
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.