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Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:55 pm
 
Grant carries a heavy hammer. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

Something pretty terrible must be happening inside the Alabama program. Days after starter Tony Mitchell was indefinitely suspended from the team, head coach Anthony Grant has now suspended JaMychal Green, Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford, the school announced Saturday afternoon. All three are starters.

What's more, the players were sent home from the team's road trip in Louisiana. Alabama plays against LSU at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night.

The news of the players suspended was first broken by Cecil Hurt of Tuscaloosa News, then confirmed soon thereafter by a school press release.

“We are extremely disappointed in the choices and decisions made by these young men that has led to this suspension,” Grant said in a release. “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. The consequences of their choices have negatively impacted them as individuals and the people that love and support them. Our hope is that they will be mature enough to accept responsibility for their actions and place a higher value on their character.”

Grant's actions are perhaps unprecedented. Alabama is a 16-7 (5-4 SEC) team that's not assured of an NCAA tournament berth. It now goes without its four best players. Can you remember a college basketball coach in contention for the NCAAs that had to suspended this many starters? If it's something this drastic, the players involved had to know what was coming. Mitchell was the first signal, and now five days later it's this.

The Tide is a mess, and unless Grant's message is received and obeyed, Alabama could be chancing missing the NCAA tournament despite clearly having talent worthy of playing games that matter in March.
Comments

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:58 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

playing basketball is not a gift.. this coach is not a valued member of Alabama.. he is paid by the taxpayers....time for them to be treated better...



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Is this a part of a coach doing the right thing? Could it possibly be a coach who allowed whatever to happen in the first place. Either way it sounds like trouble behind the doors needs to be fixed.



Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Not sure what's going on down there, but Grant is a class act.  I hope Bama keeps this guy around for a long time and sees a lot of success over the years.  I would want my son playing for a guy this.  Only if he couldn't go to UK that is:)



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

>>>Not a great example for all the freshmen we have down there right now!! 

What the Coach has done has set a great example.

I hope the rest of the team knows who to blame in this mess - their fellow teammates.



Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Good for him!!  I hate it because the team is taleneted enough to make some noise in March, but they have to play by the rules.  Very disappointing to have your leaders act like that.  Not a great example for all the freshmen we have down there right now!!  RTR


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