There Goes One Scholarship…

Jeremy Elder was arrested Sunday night (Tuscaloosa News) for something so stupid it feels almost unreal:

University of Alabama football player Jeremy Elder was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.

Elder was still being held Monday morning at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $120,000 bond. He was arrested by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department, with a University of Alabama Police Department investigator serving the warrants.

According to state law, first-degree robbery involves either a “deadly weapon or dangerous instrument” or someone causing “serious physical injury to another.” Both charges are Class A felonies.

No ifs, ands, or buts about this one; this guy needs to be kicked off the team… now. I don’t try to jump the gun too often, but when you have Class a felony charges brought up, there is usually very little wiggle room. Let’s hope Saban’s policy of “evaluate everyone in year 1” is over. I just don’t see how you let him stick around.

-UPDATE-

There are more details out at The Rap Sheet. It appears Elder walked up to two students in their car with a gun. He took their cash, and ran off without hurting anyone (so at least there are no battery charges I suppose). Still, why in the world would you rob somebody when you’ve got a good thing going as a football player? I have no clue, but I want his butt off the team as soon as you can spell G-O-N-E!

-UPDATE 2-

From the PR department and Nick Saban (already linked above):

“He is indefinitely suspended from all football-related activities,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said via a press release. “I won’t have an announcement on his future status until I have had a chance to review all of the information. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding legal issues of this magnitude.”

3 Responses to “There Goes One Scholarship…”

  1. bobbyjack Says:

    What a dumbass. Enjoy time behind bars.
    Maybe he never figured out how to use his ACT card… I dunno.

  2. 3rd Down H-Back Says:

    Wasn’t he a Saban Recruit?

    RTR

  3. TideDruid Says:

    He was a last minute Saban addition in 2007.

    He was going to pick between UGA and Arkansas, but ended up at Alabama instead. I think his old high school coach was D.J. Shockley’s dad.


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