Update (2:08 p.m.): The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude. This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.- Statement from University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban
Update (12:24 p.m.): This is a very serious matter and we are very disappointed in the actions that have resulted in the charges against these student-athletes. In this type of situation, the Athletics Department works in conjunction with the University. We will have more to say at the appropriate time.- Statement from University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal M. Moore
Original story: Four University of Alabama football players were booked on felony charges Monday by the Tuscaloosa County Sherriff's office, according to multiple published reports and Jailbase.com, a website dedicated to compiling jail records.
Running back Brent Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Linebacker Tyler Hayes was charged with second-degree robbery. Defensive back Eddie Williams was charged with second-degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card, and defensive lineman D.J. Pettway was charged with second-degree robbery.
Williams also was arrested Sunday for carrying a pistol without a license.
The University of Alabama Police Department posted a notice saying four suspects were arrested Monday in relation to two robberies that happened that morning. The report does not name the suspects, although the charges listed match the ones of the four Alabama football players.
According to the University Police's notice, the robberies happened Monday at 12:35 a.m. and 1:20 a.m.
"Two UA students reported that they were approached by two individuals asking for a light before being struck in the head and their belongings taken," according to the notice.
This is Calloway's second arrest since arriving at Alabama. He was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in October 2011.
According to published reports, all four players were released on bond today between 3 and 5 a.m.
All four players were part of Alabama's 2012 national championship team. Calloway completed his redshirt freshman season as a backup running back. Pettway was a redshirt freshman who was a backup defensive lineman and linebacker, while Hayes was a backup linebacker as a true freshman. All three appeared in 13 games.
Williams, who was a true freshman, sat out the season as a redshirt to preserve his eligibility.