D.J. Pettway returning to Alabama after suspension

Anniston StarDecember 20, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama released a pair of statements Friday, explaining the signing of former Crimson Tide defensive lineman D.J. Pettway after he was dismissed from the team in February.

Pettway spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Alabama before he was arrested in February for two counts of second-degree robbery. Pettway was granted youthful offender status, so his case is not public record.

Pettway spent the 2013 season at East Mississippi Community College, helping the squad win the NJCAA championship.

"D.J. Pettway was suspended from UA in February 2013 after he was arrested for two counts of robbery," Deborah Lane, associate vice president for university relations, said in a statement. "The charges stemming from his arrest are no longer pending. Pettway recently petitioned for re-enrollment to the university.

"After thoroughly evaluating all aspects of his request, which includes the facts surrounding the February 2013 arrest as well as Pettway's current situation, the university is allowing Pettway to re-enroll for the spring 2014 semester. Pettway's continued enrollment depends on his ability to fulfill all requirements the university has specifically mandated for him during the remainder of his time as a UA student."

According to arrest warrants issued in February,

Pettway and then-Crimson Tide football players Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes were accused of attacking and robbing two university students in two separate incidents. All three players, along with then-Tide player Brent Calloway, who was accused of fraudulently using a debit card obtained in the robberies, were dismissed from the team.

Pettway will be eligible to play for the Crimson Tide during the 2014 season if all requirements are met. Because he signed in 2011, he will not count against the NCAA limit of 25 scholarships for the 2014 class.

"One of our primary points of emphasis in college athletics is to make every effort to help develop the total person," Alabama athletics director Bill Battle said in a statement. "As part of the university community, there is an obligation on the part of the student-athlete, the university and the athletics department in helping each person that represents us to reach their potential.

"On occasion, there are special circumstances that arise, particularly when a young person takes the first steps on their own to earn the privilege of attending our university. We treat every disciplinary case with care and sensitivity to all involved and we respect the university's procedures regarding punishment and readmission. We understand our responsibility, not only to the University and the student-athletes, but also to our community and our state."

Pettway redshirted at Alabama in 2011 before playing as a reserve defensive end in 2012. He had four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

In 2013, he earned NJCAA All-America honors at EMCC when he recorded 11.5 sacks and 47 total tackles. The highlight of the season came in the NJCAA finals when No. 2-ranked EMCC beat No. 1 Georgia Military 52-22.

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