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Alabama’s Castille charged with disorderly conduct

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

Alabama cornerback Simeon Castille was arrested at 2 a.m. Sunday in Tuscaloosa on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to Capt. Greg Kosloff, a spokesman for the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

The incident occurred in the 1300 block of University Boulevard. The All-Southeastern Conference senior was taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he posted bond Sunday morning. The case has been forwarded to the Tuscaloosa Municipal Court.

According to Kosloff, the investigation is continuing, and he would not release anything further.

Alabama’s head of football media relations, Jeff Purinton, said that Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban understands the situation, but will not release a statement at this time.

“Since Sunday is an off day, coach Saban hasn’t had the opportunity to gather all the facts,” Purinton said. “He is aware of the situation and will handle it internally.”

A first-team preseason All-SEC selection, Castille had six interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2006.

The son of Crimson Tide All-American cornerback Jeremiah Castille, Simeon was one of the team leaders designated as part of the Tide’s peer intervention groups, designed to discipline players if there was any wrongdoing. Jeremiah, who now presides as the team chaplain, did not immediately return a phone call placed by The Daily.

Said Simeon during SEC media days about the peer intervention program: “You don’t want to be in front of your peers and explain to them why you can’t get up and go to class.”

Simeon is the fourth Tide football player arrested during the offseason. Defensive linemen Brandon Fanney and Brandon Deaderick and running back Roy Upchurch were charged July 14 with disorderly conduct. Deaderick was also charged with resisting arrest and giving a false name to police.

Basketball player Yamene Coleman was arrested July 10 for credit card fraud.

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