Drake ‘suspended but not kicked off’ at ’Bama
by By Andrew Gribble
AL.com
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Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed that he did suspend Kenyan Drake, but he did not offer any hints as to how long the former Hillgrove standout would be kept off the field following a recent arrest.
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Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed that he did suspend Kenyan Drake, but he did not offer any hints as to how long the former Hillgrove standout would be kept off the field following a recent arrest.
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HOOVER, Ala. — Alabama running back Kenyan Drake and defensive end Jarran Reed are “suspended but not kicked off the team” in light of their recent arrests, coach Nick Saban said Thursday at the Southeast Conference’s media days.

“They’re suspended from activity,” Saban said. “When they prove that I think, or we think, that they’re ready to come back and show a little bit more responsibility and discipline for how they handle themselves, their decision-making, how they represent the university, their family and themselves, then we’ll allow them to come back on the team.

“We’re not making that judgment, you know, right now.”

Drake, a former Hillgrove High School standout who has been disciplined a handful of teams throughout his first two seasons with the Crimson Tide, was arrested early July 5 for obstructing governmental operations. Reed, a junior-college transfer who arrived in January, was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday.

In an earlier meeting with reporters, Saban said he typically does not announce specific lengths on suspensions until shortly before games.

Saban said Drake, who was suspended for last year’s season opener and suspended from Alabama’s penultimate spring practice, was doing “really well” and had a good offseason up until his arrest.

Drake was arrested for trying to cross a police barricade to retrieve his car, which was parked near the scene of a shooting in Tuscaloosa.

“I don’t condone what he did,” Saban said. “I don’t think it was something that was malicious or intended to hurt anybody else but still not good behavior.”

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