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Saban settles on
Castille’s punishment

But Tide coach declines to reveal
whether he will be suspended from team

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com
340-2460

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and members of the Crimson Tide defended cornerback Simeon Castille on Tuesday, just two days after Castille was arrested at 2 a.m. Sunday on the Tuscaloosa strip and charged with disorderly conduct.

Even so, Saban indicated that Castille will be held accountable for his actions.

Castille was back at practice Tuesday, but was not made available to reporters.

“I feel badly for Simeon and his family, but I also think there are lessons to be learned from this,” Saban said.

“There are corrections that need to be made, and we’re certainly going to work hard to try to get that done, not only with Simeon but with any player that would have an incident like this in the future.”

Saban said that he has decided upon Castille’s punishment but would not reveal what it is and whether the senior might be suspended for the season opener Sept. 1 against Western Carolina.

An arrest report was made available to the public Tuesday and outlined the events of the morning Castille was arrested and charged.

According to the report by Tuscaloosa police officer Kevin Mitchell, Castille was yelling obscenities at a green sport utility vehicle that was heading east on University Boulevard Sunday morning. Castille was listed as having “been drinking” on the report.

The report says Castille was cursing at people in the SUV and describes the incident as “what appeared to be an ugly fight waiting to happen in the middle of University Blvd.”

Meanwhile, traffic was backing up.

The SUV then turned onto 13th Avenue, and the report says Castille ran toward it.

When Mitchell saw Castille running at the car, he ran after Castille and “grabbed his left arm and spun him quickly to the West side of 13th Ave.”

After Castille was put in handcuffs and then into the police car, he asked Mitchell why he had been arrested for joking with his friends.

Mitchell said in the report, “It was because of the way he did it. The appearance of his attitude in the street and causing traffic to back up when traffic was heavy and there was such a large crowd on the sidewalk. I also told him that he was a member of a nationally recognized school and football team. That he was representing while in the street yelling and cussing the way he was acting was embarrassing to the school and team.”

Castille was taken to a processing center where the report states that he leaned against the wall and appeared to cry.

Castille posted $500 bond and left the county jail Sunday morning.

Alabama center Antoine Caldwell told reporters that he was there.

“I couldn’t see anything at all,” Caldwell said. “I can’t see through the eyes of the police. They might have taken that as being aggressive, as being disorderly. They have a tough job. You have to respect what they do. You just have to respect their decision.”

With Castille being the fourth arrest made public during the offseason for the football team — defensive tackles Brandon Fanney and Brandon Deaderick and running back Roy Upchurch are the others — Saban emphasized that he did not want off-the-field problems plaguing his team.

He said he wants the players to live their lives and that he is not going to implement a curfew. But the coach said they have to be responsible for their actions.

“I think we need to do a better job of trying not to allow these things to happen and we certainly don’t condone them for happening,” Saban said. “And we certainly don’t want them to happen in the future

Castille’s arraignment is set for Monday at Tuscaloosa Municipal Court, where he can enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

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