Alabama Football Player Arrested On Assault Charge. Do You Agree With Saban’s Punishment?

David Hookstead | Reporter

Alabama linebacker VanDarius Cowan was booted from the team after he was arrested on an assault charge.

Tuscaloosa News recently reported the following:

The dismissal comes less than a week after Tuscaloosa Police charged Cowan with misdemeanor assault. The statement did not address the arrest.

The arrest was related to an incident at a Tuscaloosa bar last month.

Cowan was charged with third-degree assault, Tuscaloosa Police confirmed. He turned himself in Thursday and immediately posted $500 bond without having to go to jail, which isn’t uncommon for misdemeanor charges through TPD.

I know I trash Alabama and the SEC all the time. I won’t run from it or hide from the fact I’ve been very critical of the conference. However, you have to give props where props are due. Good for Saban for tossing this dude from the team. (RELATED: SEC Fans Don’t Like To Use Facts When Discussing College Football)

You simply can’t be having guys getting arrested on assault charges. When I was in college freshman, the coach of the basketball team had a rule that players were not allowed in the bars during the season. I thought it was a bit rough and unnecessary at the time. The older I get, the more I realize he was probably correct.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

You can either be focused on playing ball or you can allegedly be causing problems in bars. There isn’t much of a middle ground at all. It’s pretty difficult to say you’re focus on football and only football while also getting arrested at the same time.

I might rip on the Crimson Tide and the rest of the SEC, but you simply have to admit when you somebody makes the correct call. Shoutout to Saban for setting the tone early for the season by sending one his better players packing.

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