Nick Saban stood behind Alabama defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand on Thursday, telling to the media that he won't be suspended after a DUI charge over the weekend. Hand was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after being found asleep at the wheel in a parking lot with his keys in the ignition. Saban pointed out that while Hand did put himself in a bad situation, he didn't attempt to drive the car and therefore didn't put others at risk. Saban said Hand will have community service and other internal punishments, but "if he does everything he's supposed to do, he won't be suspended." "First of all, we have every respect for the police and what they did, so in no way are my comments directed at anything but total respect for those people doing their job," Saban said Thursday via 247Sports. "Da'Shawn put himself in a bad situation. Obviously he made a mistake being where he was at the time. But the fact that he didn't drive the car, aight, which is what we tell the players not to do. It's not OK that he was drinking, with me, and that's a behavioral issue that needs to be addressed and we will address it.
Alabama's Nick Saban: Da'Shawn Hand won't be suspended, was right not to drive
CBS Sports | Aug 3