Read the chilling account of one student attacked by Alabama football players


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.

Photo Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports



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  • So, Chizik gave his guys the boot when they got arrested, and Mark Richt dismissed Crowell in no time. Why are we still waiting on dismissal from Saban? I mean, come on.

    • OK, Mr. Tenn fan… By law, he cannot fire them with a solid contract unless they plead guilty to the charge or a lesser charge. Obviously they are pleading not guilty. Trial first then a dismissal if found guilty.

      • Pat, his point is valid. Other coaches kick them off immediately because it is an embarrassment to the team, school, and fan-base. We all get that bammars do not feel any embarrassment unless you lose a football game.

    • Seriously kid? You’re calling out Saban for not kicking these kids off the team yet? This guy had a concussion and says he doesn’t remember much. Hard to prosecute in court unless he can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. Don’t worry, all but Calloway will be kicked out soon, and Saban will use those scholarships in recruiting next year. Only reason chizik kicked his so quick is bc there was video evidence and a gun involved. Richt is soft, it takes a felony or three misdemeanors before he’ll put them away. I laugh at you too because we’re talking about players getting in trouble…it called the Fulmer bowl for a reason, jack wagon

    • A UT fan whining about ethics? You root for a team who gave a scholarship to someone who was convicted of duct-taping his own cousin and raping her with a plunger!

      • Duct taping his own cousin and raping her with a plunger? Not quite sure who you’re talking about. Can’t really remember hearing anything like that on this football team.

      • How does it matter that he roots for Tennessee? What world are you living in where it’s the fans’ responsibility of the school’s recruited kids? It doesn’t matter what school a person roots for, he can still have an opinion on ridiculous crap like this.

  • Hopefully everyone of them have a great time in prison getting bung holed by big bubba; and yes there are guys bigger in jail and meaner than football players!

  • What does indefinite suspension mean to you people? It means they are GONE! It is just a matter of time…

  • They should be hung. What a worthless bunch of thugs…I hope Saban doesn’t even consider letting them back on the team…and no other coach picks them up. Here’s a thought, just go ahead and keep them in jail to rot, because thats where they are going to end up one way or another anyways!

  • This just in…we will be seeing DJ Pettway playing on Saban’s DLine. But of course you must credit Saban’s “moral” and unblimished philosophy on “2nd chances,” after all— much reformed Jon Taylor is long gone…and after all, Pettway had to prove his own steps fwd during a whole year away from the team (or was it that he proved to not take any steps back, talent-wise…).
    I mean, isn’t it obvious? Counselor Saban is putting humanity and leadership above wins/losses – werent there like 4 guys involved…clearly the most talented of the bunch, playing the position most coveted by Saban and their traditionally strong defenses had NOTHING to do with Pettway being the only one of the three to be reinstated…?

    I mention that despite Saban’s “thorough investigation” of the initial domestic violence allegations (victim statement recanted yet he still pled down in TTOWN…no not Tallahassee, despite the similarity name….and um, cough, integrity…). He mentioned that he exhausted his resources close to the Taylor situation in Athens and came away thinking Taylor deserved a second (or third) chance. Funny, I thought he missed a few key folks, pretty damn close to the situation and as close to objective/neutral as it pertains to taking sides…those being the head coach and (among others) I believe the AD and DA in Athens. Only recently did we hear that the AD/coaches/admin in Tuscaloosa was provided full details on the case, including pictures of the victims demolished face and felony case still being pursued in Athens as well as broken probation for prior misdemeanor.
    It was a while ago, so please forgive any mistakes made here…but I think Saban mentioned (BY NAME) speaking to (1) Jon Taylor (2) his attorney (3) Taylor’s mother (4) Taylor’s high school coach. Solid…thorough…objective. Not surprised Nicki heard what he wanted to hear and moved forward. Where in The Process does it mention asking questions you don’t know the answers to already…? Rule one for witness testimony not lost on Saban!

    I guess it’s just a lubrication issue w charges and victim stories…not pressure or corruption or poor values…they just don’t stick well.