Saban on dismissed Taylor: 'I'm not sorry for giving him an opportunity'
Alabama coach Nick Saban was unapologetic Monday for giving dismissed defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor a second chance at football, according to ESPN.com's Alex Scarborough.
Saban: “I’m not sorry for giving him an opportunity. I’m sorry for how things worked out.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) March 30, 2015
Saban: “We’re not apologizing for what we did.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) March 30, 2015
Taylor was dismissed from the program Sunday, the day after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, the Tuscaloosa Police Department announced.
Officers responded to a call from a 24-year-old woman with minor neck injuries who told them her boyfriend assaulted her, according to the TPD.
The arrest was Taylor's third in a 13-month span.
Alabama courted Taylor over the off-season after he was dismissed from the football program at the University of Georgia last July. Taylor was dismissed from that program following his arrest for felony assault and domestic battery are he allegedly struck his girlfriend with a closed fist and choked her. The charges against Taylor from that incident are still pending.
Taylor was one of four Georgia players arrested and charged with "theft by deception" last March for cashing athlete stipend checks twice.
Saban noted Taylor did everything Alabama asked him to do before joining the program, including undergoing psychological profiling and counseling.
"The guy came here with some specific guidelines and zero tolerance and didn't live up to that," Saban said.
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