HOOVER, Ala. — Things got a little heated when Alabama coach Nick Saban joined the SEC Network set while at SEC Media Days on Wednesday.
The topic of why Saban won’t suspend star left tackle Cam Robinson came up with radio host Paul Finebaum pushing Saban on the subject.
Paul Finebaum: Coach, a lot of people think that’s a very bad look for your program that you’re working out internally but not suspending them publicly for an important game against Southern Cal.
Nick Saban: Well, I don’t really care to answer the critics because I’m going to do what’s right for the players and if the players really did anything that wrong, they would have gotten charged with something.
PF: That’s debatable if you listen to what the district attorney said.
NS: The district attorney didn’t say what all was… There were four people in the car, why did the two football players get arrested and the other guys not get arrested? There’s no law about concealed weapons in Louisiana. That right, Marcus? You’re from Louisiana. So why did they search the car just because there was a guy on the seat?
PF: Do they think they were persecuting the football players?
NS: There are just a lot of questions there that are reasons that there weren’t charges brought against these guys. Now do we condone the behavior? No, but you’re innocent until you’re proven guilty regardless if you get convinced in the media or not, which is what you’re doing to these players.
PF: I’m not convicting anyone. I’m just asking you why you’re not going to suspend Cam Robinson for the Southern Cal game.
NS: Because I’m not going to convict them in the public. And you said I was going to get criticized by you and the public and the media because I’m not going to suspend them and I really don’t care about that. That’s the end of the conversation.
When the network went to commercial break, Saban and Finebaum had a heated exchange before the coach left the set.
While you can’t hear what they’re saying, AL.com’s Michael Casagrande captured video of Saban and Finebaum after ESPN went to commercial.
Saban smiled as he was leaving the set so things are likely still good between he and Finebaum.
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— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) July 13, 2016