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Friend says Castille sorry for disappointing team after arrest

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

A former coach and family friend said Monday that Alabama senior cornerback Simeon Castille feels remorse for his arrest Sunday morning.

Castille was arrested on the Tuscaloosa Strip at 2 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct. He posted $500 bail and was released later that morning.

After Castille was released, he called Tommy Jackson, one of his former coaches at Briarwood Christian High School. Jackson also acted as a mentor to Castille as the head of a group called the Knights, which is a Birmingham-based fraternity of athletes that stresses hard work and leadership.

Jackson said Castille was regretful, continually apologizing for the embarrassment he caused people close to him.

“There is a true heartfelt remorse that Simeon is embarrassed that he wronged anybody who was involved with him,” Jackson said.

Castille, 21, is set to appear in Tuscaloosa Municipal Court on Aug. 27 before Judge Madelene Hollingsworth.

According to Tuscaloosa police spokesman Capt. Greg Kosloff, a police report had not been made public because of the ongoing investigation.

Castille and coach Nick Saban were not available for comment Monday.

According to Jackson, Simeon said that there was no alcohol or violence involved and that he was shouting from the sidewalk at some teammates in a car.

A police officer approached and thought that Simeon was about to get into a fight with the people in the car and arrested him.

“They are college kids who are out there having a good time,” Jackson said.

“None of them are perfect. This was not a fight. He was not being arrested for some kind of drinking or any of those kinds of things. It was being verbal with a car passing, and him on the sidewalk and the car passing happened to be one of his teammates, doing the typical stuff that football teammates and guys do.”

Despite the statement from Castille and his teammates through Jackson that nothing major occurred Sunday morning, Jackson said that Castille and his family respect the police and understand their role in protecting the public. But the concern is making sure that if Castille is not guilty, he has his name restored.

“He has an image that if he isn’t guilty, they want to make sure that his name is clear,” Jackson said. “It’s not, ‘Boy he has been wronged.’ It’s not like that at all. It’s, ‘Let’s find the proper representation and find out what the facts are, and if he is not guilty let’s put it in the proper perspective.’ ”

Castille’s father, former Alabama All-American and NFL player Jeremiah Castille, defended his son Monday and was hoping that the charges would be dismissed.

“We’re working on it right now to where hopefully this thing will be dismissed,” Jeremiah Castille told The Birmingham News. “Based on what we’ve been told by witnesses who were there, an arrest for disorderly conduct wasn’t warranted.”

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