The Alabama student newspaper The Crimson White interviewed one of the students, Samuel Jurgens, who attacked by the Alabama football players.
Freshmen Tyler Hayes, Eddie Williams and DJ Pettway were charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, and just the thought of getting a cheap thrill from violently assaulting then robbing a fellow student is disgusting beyond comprehension. The fourth player Brent Calloway was charged with one count of fraudulent use of a credit card. All four players were suspended indefinitely by Nick Saban.
Jurgens told the Crimson White that he woke up on the sidewalk shortly before 1:00 a.m. with a numb face and his belongings gone, most notably a laptop.
Jurgens fell in and out of consciousness when he phoned a friend.
“I apparently called Chris while in that state,” Jurgens said in an interview with The Crimson White Tuesday night. “I don’t have a recollection of that, but I told him something. Something bad has happened to me, I remember thinking before I faded out again.”
Jurgens’ friend said he was delirious during the call, explaining he didn’t know what happened multiple times and that he needed help. When Jurgens’ friend Burks got to him, he found a beaten friend and a bloody mess.
“His left side of his face was gigantic,” Burks said. “The jacket he was wearing and his headphones were completely drenched in blood, the bottom half of his face was completely covered in blood; he was bleeding badly from his lip. He had clearly been badly beaten.”
The arrest records show that Tyler Hayes and Eddie Williams were the two players who admitted to robbing Jurgens, while DJ Pettway “aided and perpetrated” the robbery.
Jurgens was diagnosed with a mild concussion, and his bottom lip had to be stitched up.
The two things that stood out about Jurgens’ interview was he thought the players were doing it for fun, and he said he will still love Alabama football.
“It’s almost like they were doing it for fun, because it seemed weird that they didn’t rob me of my wallet or phone or keys,” he said. “But, I just know they sure did an efficient job because I can’t recall parts of it even today.”
“This was just a matter of chance. I’m still gonna love Alabama football. I just want to deal with this case, move on with my life,” Jurgens said. “I just want to get on with my education. I want to continue being happy here. I was happy here before, and I will continue being happy here.”
The clock is ticking for Nick Saban to kick these guys off the team, not just merely indefinitely suspend them. These were violent criminal acts that have no business being on a college campus.
You can read the full interview here.
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