Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson’s status for the upcoming season remains uncertain in the wake of his recent arrest. But Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban revealed to ESPN’s Chris Low that ‘the door remains open’ for the standout junior to see the field in 2016.
Robinson and backup safety Lawrence ‘Hootie’ Jones were arrested in Louisiana last month on charges of illegal carrying of a firearm in the presence of narcotics and illegal possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), both misdemeanors. Robinson was also tagged with felony possession of a stolen firearm.
But according to Low’s report, Robinson bought the gun not knowing it was stolen. That, coupled with the relatively tame rhetoric Saban has been using when discussing the matter, would all seem to point in Robinson’s favor.
In the meantime, the Crimson Tide will have to let the legal process run its course before fans can receive a definitive answer.
“It’s the first time Cam has ever had an issue or a problem,” Saban said to Low. “We’re handling it and managing it internally and making him do things to hopefully change his behavior. I’m waiting to see how this whole legal thing plays out, because it’s not really what it seems to be.”
Robinson, widely projected to be an early first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, was expected to anchor Alabama’s line at the left tackle spot entering the offseason. Saban had even praised the 6-foot-6, 327-pounder for his leadership during spring practice despite being sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery.