Alabama football players arrested on robbery charges

2:13 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports

Three Alabama football players are accused of robbing two students in separate incidents on campus, rendering one of them unconscious, then using a stolen university debit card to buy snacks from a dormitory vending machine, according to arrest reports filed with the Tuscaloosa County District Court.

Those three players - safety Eddie Williams, linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive end D.J. Pettway - have each been charged with two counts of second degree robbery. A fourth, H-back Brent Calloway, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and was apparently not part of the robbery.

All four players' mug shots were posted on the Web site Thursday morning.

Hayes, Pettway and Calloway played as freshmen for Alabama's 2012 national championship team, albeit in minor roles. Williams, a freshman, sat out as a redshirt.

Alabama athletics director Mal Moore did not address possible discipline for the players in a statement released by the school.

"This is a very serious matter and we are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes," Moore said. "In this type of situation, the Athletics Department works in conjunction with the University. We will have more to say at the appropriate time."

According to a deposition given by one of the victims, Pettway, Hayes and Williams physically attacked him just after midnight with punches to the head and face while being kicked in the back and ribs by the players, who stole his backpack and laptop. The victim suffered a mild concussion with facial lacerations.

According to the arrest warrant, Williams admitted to physically attacking the other victim and stealing his wallet while Pettway and Hayes watched in a nearby vehicle.

It was the second arrest in two days for Williams, who was placed in Tuscaloosa County Jail on Sunday for carrying a pistol without a license following a disturbance at a gas station. He was later released on $500 bond.

Calloway, a former five-star recruit, also was arrested in 2011 by Tuscaloosa police on second-degree possession of marijuana. At the time, Alabama assistant athletic director Jeff Purinton told that any punishment would be handled internally.

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