Suspension not enough; muggers must leave team, campus

Football is more than a game here at Alabama. Everyone knows that. It’s a cultural institution, a source of identity for the University and a financial bastion that has helped make this University great. Even if you don’t care about the sport, it’s impossible to deny the importance of the Crimson Tide to this college and the surrounding community.

That makes what Brent Calloway, Eddie Williams, Tyler Hayes and Dennis Pettway did all the more reprehensible.

These members of The University of Alabama football team all had a role in the vicious beating and robbery of two UA students. This past Monday, Williams approached Samuel Jurgens, another UA student, and beat him unconscious while Hayes and Pettway stood by (and possibly participated). The three then made off with Jurgens’ possessions, leaving him face down and covered in blood.

An hour later, they did the same thing to another student. Like Jurgens, student Caleb Paul was accosted, beaten, robbed and left bleeding in the street.

Williams could have won a fair fight with both of his victims at once. But he attacked them without warning, in the dark, while they were alone, and he had two friends at his back.

These acts would be unspeakable from anyone, anywhere. But coming from members of the football team, they are even worse.

The four team members complicit in this crime represent Alabama. Their conduct is a determinant of our university’s reputation throughout the country. They are celebrities and a privileged class amongst the student body. And their actions have shown they have neither the slightest compassion nor the tiniest spark of integrity, regarding not only their fellow students but also their responsibility to this university.

They have been given every perquisite and accommodation this university has to offer, from scholarships to special meals to academic leniency, because they are the face and economic backbone of Alabama. They’re hardly disadvantaged or desperate. They have no excuse for their actions, except that they truly don’t care about the safety, property or lives of others.

They have a contract with this university, both explicit and implicit, which holds them to a higher grade of conduct than others, and they’ve failed that contract as completely as they possibly could have.

They have been indefinitely suspended from the team, and hopefully further reprimands will follow. In order to safeguard the honor of the Crimson Tide, which is a symbol of the University, all four players should be permanently removed from the team and ideally the student body. Alabama doesn’t need to endorse the kind of cowardice or depravity that they have demonstrated.

Yes, we will lose an asset to our team. But football at Bama is more than a game. As such, our players need to be more than athletes. And Williams, Hayes, Pettway and Calloway have shown that they’re not made of the right stuff to do that.

Simply put, I’d rather suffer a losing season than see these four represent me and my school on the field. Hopefully others will feel the same way.

Nathan James is a sophomore majoring in public relations. His column runs weekly on Thursdays.

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  • GianniP

    Just another story of cowardly black thugs preying upon the weak/white.

    • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

      Hey there racist.

      • Craig Hendry

        You again!? So saying “cowardly black thugs” makes one a racist? How did you work that one out. So, if we follow your logic here, a person of color posting about “cowardly white thugs” would immediately be tarred as “racist” by the MABster? Nope, didn’t think so……YOU are an anti-white racist and a damned hypocrite to boot!

        • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

          So why does race matter here at all, I’m missing that point mainly because there’s no evidence that race played a factor in this at all. YOU racists just like to associate race to these attacks to portray racial minorities as attacking the whites.

          >YOU are an anti-white racist and a damned hypocrite to boot!

          Glad to know I hate most of myself. Tell me more racist.

          • orangevol

            Go call Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to defend these savages! Or maybe Obummer can save the freaken day . He’s a thug agains’t white America too!

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            Oh, it’s so hard to be white. You only have the majority of America, most of the laws, most people in power, and a culture that doesn’t discriminate against you to help you.

          • orangevol

            Reverse discrimination. And stop crying about your race. Deal with the cards your dealt. About like you to defend a bunch of black thugs just because they are black. Go line up for your handouts. Obama will take care of you. God, what an idiot!

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            >Reverse discrimination

            Life is so hard after all of those benefits because universities and a small amount of jobs consider the race of the applicants. Woe is me.

            >About like you to defend a bunch of black thugs just because they are black.

            Apparently you can’t tell the difference between defending someone and making fun of you racists. The crime that was committed was horrible, but they still have to face a trial and be convicted. You guys were ready to string them up and call them black thugs the moment this story broke.

            >Go line up for your handouts.

            My bet is that I use less government welfare than you do.

      • GianniP

        Sorry, but it’s not racist to point out the obvious racism coming from blacks who now consider it to be ‘open season’ on whites because media will not report what is going on – it’s not politically correct. If you don;t know THAT much, then you need a rectum-removal tool to extricate your cranium from its current location.

        • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

          Lol, you actually think black people think that way. What’s it like being that racist.

          • GianniP

            “Lol, you actually think black people think that way. What’s it like being that racist?”
            >>> I wouldn’t know; why don’t you tell ME, or maybe you can just quote Kanye or Jamie Foxx……

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            Wow, not only are you racist but you can’t tell what’s intended to lampoon racial stereotypes or what’s a joke. It’s okay. Your poor white feelings will be alright.

          • GianniP

            Every time you write something here you expose yourself as a low-IQ bigot. Someone ought to practice the “Knockout Game” on you, Turdly.

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            Poor whitey’s feeling are hurt. http://i.imgur.com/I3EKs.gif

          • GianniP

            Look, Racist, you’re a moron. What are you doing here?

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            Honestly, you’re the one that should be asking yourself that. You don’t even go here.

          • GianniP

            You don’t even go here.

            >>> True, I’m just a visiting scholar.

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            You’re a scholar on par with David Duke.

          • GianniP

            lol. And you’re a scholar on par with Calypso Louie (Farrakhan), you racist.

  • mtillmansr

    Funny how I can’t seem to find in any articles about this story the color of the victims or the criminals. If this would of been white on black crime it would of been the lead story on CNN, Espn and others. Putting that fact aside it doesn’t really matter about race. If the freshmen are found guilty they should not be allowed to represent the university no matter their ethnicity.

    • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

      You claim that race doesn’t matter, but you make a huge deal out of their race and the reporting of the story at the beginning of your comment. You’re just trying to save face from what is essentially a bigoted comment. Btw, ESPN and other sports media as well as local media have covered this quite a bit, but I guess not enough for you.

      • Craig Hendry

        No it is certainly not enough; open your eyes. If the perps had been white and the victim black, it would be NATIONAL news for months on end a la Duke Rape Hoax.

        • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

          Yeah, cause black perpetrators are never portrayed in a negative light (ignore every tv show/movie) and the TV news definitely hasn’t been focusing on the Dorner case.

      • GianniP

        ” You’re just trying to save face from what is essentially a bigoted comment.”
        >> Loon: Facts are not bigoted. Facts are facts.
        Got it?

        • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

          Lol, you think that black people are more violent than whites.

  • f_galton

    Hang them from a tree.

    • GianniP

      But not the SAME tree……spread’em out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aelbein Asher Elbein

      Do you even go here?

  • f_galton

    The problem is instead of worshiping god people worship n1ggerball.

  • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

    What’s it like being that racist? Does it make you feel good in your nice white home?

    • GianniP

      “What’s it like being that racist?”
      >>>> i wouldn’t know; why don’t you tell ME?

      • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

        You’re the one supporting negative stereotypes with a clear hatred of people of other races. I guess it’s just really hard being white. None of the mostly white Congress, state legislatures, governors, or society has your back.

        • alex

          Mostly white Congress, legislatures and society don’t have my back. They are afraid they will be accused of racism.

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            Lol, why don’t you cite a couple of examples of them not having your back because they’re afraid of being called racist?

        • GianniP

          Look, Mr. Bigot, you didn’t answer my question. Now, answer it.

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            Lol, you don’t know how words work.

          • GianniP

            Mr. Big(ot)….if you can’t answer the simplest of questions, why don’t you leave this forum take your simpleton a*s back to the hole you came from?

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            You’re the one coming here with the preconceived negative notions and hatred of races. Unless they’ve come up with a new definition of racism you’re the racist here.

          • GianniP

            Who me? A racist? Are you crazy? I come here with facts; you come here with your homeboy racial nonsense. The essence if freedom is to see yourself as an individual and not a group member. I just represent me.

            Try it sometime.

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            So far your “facts” have consisted of saying that they attacked for a racial reason, with no evidence to support that notion I might add.

            >homeboy racial nonsense

            I’m pretty white. Way to go about assuming.

            >The essence if freedom is to see yourself as an individual and not a group member

            Yeah, just forget about the history of where you came from, what cultures influence you, and the stereotypes that affect your life on a daily basis! Moron.

          • GianniP

            >homeboy racial nonsense

            I’m pretty white. Way to go about assuming.a message…
            >>>> I don’t care if you’re pink/purple striped. That IS the point.
            You just don’t get it, do you? I was actually being kind when I referred to you as a “moron.” You’re actually a “racist moron,” as everything you’ve written here reveals.

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            I’m so glad to know that people like you who think that calling incidents like this hate crimes are the tiny tiny dumb minority. Go home troll.

          • GianniP

            Guess you haven’t noticed you’re in the small minority (of one) here
            You’re not only a racist, you’re a delusional racist…..which makes you a dangerous person. I may have to turn you into the SPLC.

          • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

            I hope you realize you’re far less clever than you think you are.

    • f_galton

      What’s it like being a huge faggot?

    • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

      It’s so intelligent of you to use homophobic epithets, oh wait it’s not. Straight cisgender male here.

    • alex

      There is nothing wrong with being a racist.

      • http://twitter.com/mindchangeframe MAB

        You can be a racist all you want, but it goes against the modern American belief that all people are created equal. Don’t expect not to get mocked. It also goes against the belief in the American dream as you’re not letting people succeed or fail based on their own merits. You’re forcing them into succeeding or failing based on your preconceived notions of what they’re capable of.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aelbein Asher Elbein

      It’s awesome. You know you want to try it.

      • f_galton

        When are you and MAB getting married?

  • gowian

    Excellent article. Thank you, Mr. James. I agree that the cowardice of the attack is one of the most striking things of this whole incident. If Eddie Williams had walked up to the two victims wearing a facemask and demanded their possessions, I would guess that the victims would have handed them over without a second thought. The fact that he felt the need to jump them from behind, and then beat them after he had obtained their possessions, speaks poorly enough of his character that he should never see the Alabama campus again. We venerate football players as warriors, not cowards. Warriors don’t Pearl Harbor kids half their size.