Four members of Alabama's national championship football team were arrested on campus Monday on suspicion of robbing two students on campus.
Defensive back Eddie Williams and linebacker Tyler Hayes are accused of attacking a student, punching him in the face and knocking him unconscious. They then stole the victim's backpack and laptop computer, campus police said.
Later, Williams and running back Brent Calloway robbed a second person, punching him in the face and stealing the victim's wallet, while defensive lineman D.J. Pettway watched, campus police said. They then allegedly used the victim's campus ID to buy snacks from a vending machine in the football players' dorm.
Williams had been previously arrested Sunday for carrying a gun without a license.
Alabama athletic director Mal Moore released a statement Tuesday saying, “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.”