Star Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon found the end-zone towards the end of the first half of Alabama’s Week 3 game against Texas A&M. As a celebration, he started to do Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel’s “money” celebration, but abruptly cut it off with a two-handed throat slash. More fans saw the move on their televisions at home than during any other game since 1990.
The refs saw it, and Yeldon was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving A&M an extra 15 yards to work with on the ensuing return.
His coach also saw it, and you never want Nick Saban to see something like that. As the four-time national championship-winning coach trotted into the locker room at halftime, he told CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson, “that’s not us. That’s not our program. That’s not what we do.”
On Monday, Yeldon issued an apology for the throat slash seen around the nation.
“I want to apologize to everyone for my selfish actions on Saturday,” Yeldon via release. “That is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team.
“That is not the way we do things at Alabama. This is something that I will learn from, and I will use better judgment in the future.”
A Heisman Trophy hopeful, Yeldon put together a great game. He finished with 149 yards and a touchdown on a solid 25 carries. In two games thus far, Yeldon boasts 224 yards, two scores and a 5.33 yards per carry average.