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Castille: Not paying attention to publicity
Crimson Tide cornerback declines to reveal his team punishment

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

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama cornerback Simeon Castille said he has been too busy to pay attention to the publicity surrounding his Sunday arrest.

Castille met with reporters Thursday for his first interview since being charged with disorderly conduct, but he did not talk about the specifics of his case and did not proclaim his guilt or innocence.

“I put a lot of my time into football. It hasn’t been that hard,” Castille said. “I just want to continue to do what I have been doing, just working hard and leading this team.”

Head coach Nick Saban said he has settled on a punishment, but Castille declined to reveal what it is or whether he would be suspended for Alabama’s season opening game against Western Carolina on Sept. 1. But he did say his teammates and his family have supported him.

“My teammates have been behind me 100 percent, and my family, definitely,” Castille said. “And I really have been encouraged by a lot by people I have run into. Friends, family, coaches and all that. They try to keep my head up, and I am, too.”

Castille also mentioned Saban has been helpful as well, but “more as a friend and not as a coach.”

Castille was arrested on the Tuscaloosa strip and charged with disorderly conduct. His arraignment is set for Monday.

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