The waves seem to be crashing for Nick Saban and the Tide. Tide defensive lineman Jarran Reed was stopped by Tuscaloosa Police early Sunday Morning after hitting a parked car in his 2011 Dodge Charger. He tried to drive away, but the police were able to apprehend Reed. The Junior College transfer blew a .13, which is .05 over the limit in Alabama. Reed was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail where he was held on a $1,000 bail.
Such an incident couldn't come at a worse time for the Crimson Tide. Running back Kenyan Drake was arrested a little over a week ago for crossing police lines to get to his car. Nick Saban's players have been causing him numerous headaches this offseason. Altee Tenpenny was given a citation for a controlled substance in April, while Dillon Lee was arrested in April for a DUI as well.
Some outsiders feel that Saban is losing control of his team, but that is far from the truth. Players need to start realizing the opportunity at hand. When asked about the string of negative news surrounding Reed, Saban had this to say:
"We are disappointed in Jarran's actions and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players.It is a privilege to represent the University of Alabama and there are responsibilities that go along with that privilege. We'll evaluate the situation and determine the appropriate discipline so better choices and decisions can be made in the future."(via http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2014/07/alabama_football_jarran_reed_a.html)
Privilege is the key word here. It is a privilege to be able to represent a university, fan base, and name that carries great respect in the football world. The standards have been set throughout time, and players need to understand that they represent much more than a school. These players represent their families, coaches, and fans who passionately cheer them on. Young children idolize these players, however players like Reed continue to neglect such a privilege. Reed, Drake, and the others are far from idols. Though they are young men, their threshold for mistakes is thin. Reed and Drake are in far different situations than the average 20 something.
Saban isn't losing control of his team. The actions of Reed and Drake are not a representation of the program as a whole. Instead, one should look at these instances as an example of poor judgement and misrepresentation. Nick Saban has made it clear time after time that he has no tolerance for nonsense. Saban promises to address these issues in the near future, and hopefully he will do so in the proper manner.