Nick Saban releases statement on CB Cyrus Jones' arrest
Faced with the team’s fourth arrest this offseason, Alabama coach Nick Saban has released a statement on cornerback Cyrus Jones.
Jones damaged the cell phone of a female on Tuesday and later in the day “threatened to assault her in front of a witness,” according to a police report. By Alabama law, making verbal, harassing threats is grounds for third-degree domestic violence charges.
Said Saban in a statement: “We don’t ever condone any behavior that shows any kind of disrespect. There was no physical contact in this situation. Once we get the facts, we will take the necessary steps to correct this behavior in the future.”
Of the three previous arrests, two of the players — defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and running back Tyren Jones — no longer are with the team. Geno Smith, arrested for a second DUI, participated in Alabama’s spring game and Saban has remained vague on what consequences he may endure.
Jones missed spring practice due to hip surgery, but has been expected to start at cornerback, potentially as the team’s best player in the secondary.