Four Alabama Football Players Arrested on Robbery Charges

By Jason Priestas on February 12, 2013 at 12:44p

Four Alabama football players, all reserves on the Tide's national championship run last season, are about to feel the wrath of Saban.

According to the website of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, cornerback Eddie Williams, defensive lineman Dennis Pettway, linebacker Tyler Hayes and running back Brent Calloway were booked on charges of second degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Calloway, 20, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Tyler Hayes, 18, and D.J. Pettway, 20, were charged with second-degree robbery, while Williams, 20, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree robbery.

According to arrest warrants obatined by the Tuscaloosa News, Williams, Hayes and Pettway were arrested for allegedly assaulting two fellow students in attempted robberies, knocking one of them unconscious. In the first incident, police say Williams and Hayes admitted to punching the student in the head and face, then kicking him in the ribs and back, reportedly leaving the victim with cuts, a mild concussion and severe swelling. They allegedly took the victim's backpack, which contained an Apple laptop computer.

In the second incident, police say Williams admitted to punching another student in the head and face and stealing the victim's wallet while Hayes and Pettway watched. Williams later used the victim's student identification to buy snacks from a vending machine in a dorm room.


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ATT2121's picture

I was going to make a smart ass response, but college kids do stupid things and as soon as I finished my snarky comment, a Buckeye would get arrested for something just as dumb. Seen it too many times.


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

SonOfBuckeye's picture

When you assault someone, knock them unconscious, take their credit card and buy stuff with it, your actions belong in some category other than "stupid things college kids do."

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Exactly. I'm a dumb college kid as well, but at some point you have to be held accountable for your actions past the age of 16 (or whatever arbitrary age you place on "adult-hood.")

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

ATT2121's picture

Totally agree. I was speaking of the arrest more than the actual crime. The point I was trying to make was that in the past when something like this happens and everyone piles on, its not long until one of are own makes a mistake. Referencing karma, not excusing the actual crime.


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Too bad they didn't stop with just stealing a laptop.
No jail time for that--instead you get a Heisman.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

MediBuck's picture

^ Comment of the week.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

cinserious's picture

Over the last year and a half, Urban Meyer has been actively weeding out this kind of trash from Ohio State's campus. I actually would be surprised to see something of this nature happen here now.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

BucksfanXC's picture

Well that's 4 down. How many more does Nick need to cut to make the schollie limit? 6?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

William's picture

Only 4 more I think. 

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NC_Buckeye's picture

So is Bama in the lead for the Fulmer Cup this off-season?

BucksfanXC's picture

Other good jokes I've heard so far:
- Parole Tide
- That's what they call Orange shirting
- At least they learned team work
- Cell block 5 is now preseason favorite in the Penal League National Championship

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Q. - What do you say to a BAMA athlete in a 3-piece suit?
A. - Will the defendant please rise?

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johnblairgobucks's picture

That's what they call Orange shirting

yeah, that's funny stuff.

cinserious's picture

Ok, I get it now. Orangeshirt freshman. Helps sidestep the schollie limit.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

old_rasputin's picture

Coach Meyer, during his OHSFCA speech harped on the fact that 2/3 college athletes will not make the cut but that a coaching staff that truly cares for their athletes will do their damnedest to give them a fighting chance.  Interestingly, his point was that the teams that win do so because the players trust that their coaches truly care about them.  When things like this happen I wonder if some teams are worried about trophies and not the wellbeing of their players.

"We hate to lose, but when we do, rest assured we'll be back, and someone will pay the price." Coach Hayes

Unky Buck's picture

They mentioned on SVP's show that the "credit card" was actually the students ID and was used to purchase snacks from a vending machine from the football lounge area. Insert obligatory dumb as _____ comment. Also, on top of that, they mentioned how this is Eddie Williams' second arrest this week. Interesting...I really don't know how Eddie Williams remains on this team.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Hopefully someone has paid Williams' bond so that he can commit a crime today. Going for a turkey, a hat trick, a triple frown. Come to think of it, I'm guessing they have a saying for this in the SEC.

jkrk's picture

I think the saying is "playing in the SEC."

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I was going to say "Finals Week".

bigbadbuck's picture

There never is a "finals" in crime week in the SEC, is there?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

cinserious's picture

Five-star athelete, National Champion threatens a store clerk and gets pulled over with a gun still on his person and doesn't do any jail time. Guess they do things a little diff'erntly down south.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Now we know why Nick has to oversign.......

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

I originally posted this on
My daughter was a cheerleader at Arnold High School where Eddie Williams played football. I am very familiar with this kid. This is no surprise. Not that he was an overtly bad kid, he was just allowed to do whatever he wanted to do — drink, smoke drugs, not practice.
Huge talent, no doubt. Seemed to have a supportive family. Things like this are the dividends paid by a culture of privilege. When some rules don’t apply, you begin to think that NO rules apply.
Of course I hope it is all just some kind of misunderstanding–like I said not a bad kid. Unfortunately this is what happens when the adults who are in charge of preparing you for the future are too busy exploiting your talents. I’m talking to you, Coach Hale.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks for the inside scoop and wise insights.
From what was reported, you'd almost think that these kids acted like desperate junkies (possibly putting a new twist on "SEC speed"), yet they're full-time athletes following a rigorous training regiment, etc. 

Dougger's picture

I agree with most of this, but in your opinion when does Eddie Williams become a bad kid? He's obviously had some trouble with the law, but people have enabled him. I would say he's a bad egg right meow.

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AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

I originally posted prior to the details of the incident. I initially thought he had taken a laptop and an ID card to use at a vending machine--bad, but not bad-kid worthy--more of the 'stupid-kid' variety.
He may have become a 'bad kid' when he kicked someone in the face and beat the crap our of them before he stole their wallet.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

A comment I saw from an Alabama fan "at least this proves we aren't paying our players".

Unky Buck's picture

LOL, I don't know about anyone else, but that made me seriously laugh out loud. They may be the "evil" fanbase, but at least some of them have a good sense of humor.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

buckz4evr's picture

If I was to comment on that statement I would have to say "at least this proves you aren't paying your back up players.

jkrk's picture

They'll all be forced to have seizures while Saban steps over them.

bowthrock's picture

I'm trying to figure out how they/he beat a person unconscious and that didn't warrant an assault charge also!

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

jmacbuckeye's picture

What, Alabama doesn't already pay their players enough as it is?

osubuck57's picture

Yeah,I was thinking assault charges would have been a part of this too,especially knocking someone unconscious!!


setman's picture

I figure Mike Bianchi's column tomorrow will somehow blame this on Urban as well. After all, Florida and the SEC never had a player arrested or even miss their Sunday school class until Urban took over at Gainesville.

Notor's picture

Dumb college kid stuff is smoking weed, peeing in bushes, underage drinking, maybe some vandalism. Thug stuff is robbing people after knocking them unconcious and having an unlicensed gun in your possession after you steal gasoline and threaten an attendant. Huge difference.

buckeyedude's picture

+1 for you sir. And standing O.



Kalamazoo Steve's picture

SVP show brought up a good point....if these kids stay on the team they must be really good.

Jastot's picture

Parole Tide!!!

Knarcisi's picture

Did they trade any rings for free tattoos?  30 to life for these boys!

cdsperr's picture

A life sentence is usually far less than 30. For example, in Alabama a "life sentence" is eligible for parole after 10 years or after serving 1/3 of an inmates remaining life expectancy, whichever comes first. Sorry, the ADA coming out of me.

Knarcisi's picture

I didn't need to put this in sarcasm italics did I?  

cdsperr's picture

Relax. Depending on the facts, they could be facing a life sentence. Your comment seemed a decent place to point out what that actually meant for anyone who was interested in what kind of time they may be facing. Sorry if I rained on your joke bro

Alex Boones Liver's picture

Yawn...Yet another day in the SEC.

USMC11917's picture

Now I know what "Roll tide Roll" means, they talking bout victims here...

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Going to be interesting to see how Saban deals with this (or doesn't). With Bama and SEC football at an all-time high in terms of visibility and at least one of these cases involving firearms (not exactly popular in a lot of circles these days), this will challenge him to either reinvent his reptilean nature and make a statement or follow the well-worn script and give Bama a black eye (no pun intended). Sad to say, I see these "indefinite suspensions" lasting only until these players are needed. I understand the prudence, generally, in waiting for these types of investigations to play out, but these instances don't seem so complicated; they've all pretty much admitted to the crimes.

cinserious's picture

This is the face of SEC trash:

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Bucksfan's picture

"Roll Damn Tide"