After another arrest, Alabama gives Jonathan Taylor the boot
Not so unexpectedly, Alabama’s roster is a little lighter this Sunday afternoon.
In a statement sent out by the school just a short time ago, head coach Nick Saban announced that Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from his football program. Taylor was arrested Saturday evening on domestic violence charges.
“Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team and is no longer a part of our program,” Saban’s statement began. “This will still need to go through the legal process, but when he was given an opportunity here, it was under strict guidelines and we made it clear there was a zero tolerance policy.”
It was the right move by Saban and, really, the only move he could’ve made. The fact that he did it so swiftly, though, should not be overlooked -- while Saban’s a man all in favor of second chances, don’t screw him over and embarrass him when you’re given what at the time was considered a controversial opportunity.
Taylor did just that, and paid the price for putting his hands on a woman again. Allegedly.
There’s still no word on the fate of cornerback Geno Smith, who was arrested late Friday night for the second time in less than two years on a drunk-driving charge.
UPDATED 3:03 p.m. ET: Shortly after Taylor’s dismissal was announced, UA athletic director Bill Battle released the following statement: