Eddie Williams was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. However, in his first season with the Crimson Tide, he did not play a single down at his listed position of wide receiver. On Monday, he was among four freshmen arrested on charges of second-degree robbery or fraudulent use of a credit card.
Defensive end D.J. Pettway (second-degree robbery), and linebackers Tyler Hayes (second-degree robbery) and Brent Calloway (fraudulent use of a credit card) were arrested Monday along with Williams, according to ESPN and TideNation’s Alex Scarborough.
Williams was arrested for the second time in two days. On Sunday, the young man was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license. He was released on bond yet again. He paid one-tenth of the $65,000 fee but will be due in court at a future date yet to be determined.
A spokesperson with the Alabama communications department declined to comment on the arrests at this time.
The biggest face to these crimes is easily Pettway. The young defensive lineman tallied 2.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss en route to earning a spot on the All-SEC freshman team. Pettway was released from jail on Monday night after posting 10-percent of a $60,000 bond.
Hayes, who was rated as a four-star linebacker before accepting a scholarship to play for Nick Saban at Tuscaloosa, recorded two tackles in the Tide’s BCS national title game win over Notre Dame and collected 14 on the year. His bond was the same $60,000 that Pettway’s was.
Finally, Calloway, who redshirted his first year after being arrested for marijuana possession in 2011, played in 12 games in 2012. He recorded 10 carries as a halfback after switching from linebacker, where he started out the season.
Sometimes, men so big and strong and young believe they can get away with anything. If Saban and the rest of the coaching staff are going to keep these four aboard, it is going to be the responsibility of the coaches to make sure these players (and the rest of the team) understand the importance of the school and the colors they represent.
These players lost sight of the fact that they tarnished the entire Crimson legacy with their actions. Not to mention, of course, damaging their futures as football players — if they have a future in the game at all anymore.