On Monday, a Louisiana district attorney decided not to press charges against University of Alabama players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones, following their arrest on drug and weapons charges back in May. While some people might question the district attorney’s decision to let the players walk, Alabama coaches and fans are happy the case has been dismissed because it means they will have their best offensive lineman back this season, and they will be college football odds favorites to win the national championship.
Robinson and Jones were arrested in May when police officers saw their car parked in an empty lot. When the officers approached the car, they smelt marijuana coming from the car. According to the police report, the officers also saw a plastic bag containing marijuana in the car and Robinson told them he had a gun on his lap. After searching the car, the officers found a stolen handgun under the passenger seat and charged Robinson with possession of illegal drugs and a stolen weapon, which is a felony charge. Jones was charged with possession of an illegal drug, which is a misdemeanor.
After the arrest, Alabama head coach Nick Saban did not announce any plans to suspend the players or kick them off the team. He told reporters that he would wait until the legal process had been resolved. Now that the players won’t be charged, fans have to wait and see if Saban will suspend either of them when the season starts.
When Jerry Jones, the Monroe, Louisiana district attorney that decided not to prosecute the players, announced his decision, he said he did not want to ruin the lives of two young men, who have spent their teenage years working and sweating to achieve their dreams. Some people were upset about the decision not to prosecute the players because they felt it sent the wrong message that athletes were above the law. Most of the people that are upset are mad because Jones told reporters there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the players, which is baffling to a lot of people because the players had a stolen gun and drugs on them at the time of their arrest.
According to newsstar.com, Jones’ decision not to prosecute the players has nothing to do with the fact that they are football players. As a matter of fact, Jones, who is a Louisiana native and an LSU fan, would have prosecuted both players because it would help the Tigers.
Jones, who is the longest serving district attorney in Fourth District history, has a track record of being lenient toward non-violent offenders, and throwing the book at violent offenders. Since the Alabama players are both enrolled in school and the amount of marijuana found on them was very small, Jones decided to give them a second chance instead of ruining any chance they have of improving their lives through education and football.
Despite of the differing opinions about Jones’ decision not to prosecute, this is a topic that will be widely discussed on television, radio, and the internet until a bigger story breaks. Alabama fans couldn’t care less what other people think about Robinson not being prosecuted because the Crimson Tide have a lot of critics who hate on their success since Saban took over as head coach.
The Crimson Tide fans that are celebrating Robinson avoiding jail time need to hold off on the celebration for a while because both players aren’t out of the woods yet. Robinson and Jones might still end up being prosecuted because the district attorney said the case could proceed if new evidence is brought to light.
The players also have to worry about the wrath of head coach Nick Saban, who has gotten some flak for not being hard on players in the past and knows a lot of eyes will be watching to see how he handles the situation. The best case scenario for Robinson at this point is a one game suspension, but since the Crimson Tide open their season against University of Southern California, he might luck out and get a two quarter suspension.
Saban is on vacation this week, so he isn’t expected to address the situation until he gets back. When he returns from vacation, Saban might decide to handle the situation internally, which means he won’t divulge how he intends to punish Robinson and Jones to the public.