Yes, Nick Saban made a mistake. But it’s no laughing matter

JONATHAN_TAYLOR

Jonathan Taylor’s mug shots from Clarke County, Ga.

It’s understandable that Georgia fans would be laughing at Nick Saban because, to be honest, Georgia fans don’t often get the chance to laugh at Nick Saban. He coaches Alabama, which wins SEC championships and plays for national titles, and that’s something Georgia hasn’t done lately. He also comes across as rather self-important. (“Self” is a word he uses often, usually in referencing “self-gratification,” which is apparently different from plain old gratification. But we digress.)

Saban is being mocked coast-to-coast — not just from Toccoa to Thomasville — for taking the defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who’d been kicked off Georgia’s team after being arrested twice, the second time for domestic violence. Over the weekend, Taylor was arrested in Tuscaloosa for domestic violence and has been dismissed by the Crimson Tide.

Even as we say, “St. Nick really blew this one,” and emit a hearty ho-ho-ho, we need to ask: Is this something about which we should be guffawing? Is domestic violence, whether it happens in Athens, Ga., or Tuscaloosa, Ala., in any way funny?

Saban made a bad decision. That much is clear, and it seemed clear even as he was making it. (Taylor was still facing two sets of court dates in Georgia when Alabama accepted him. Could the Tide not have waited to see how those played out?) And I know Bulldog backers are weary of seeing their castoffs — Mettenberger, Marshall, Matthews, Harvey-Clemons — land at other high-profile schools.

Still: Domestic violence is never a laughing matter. A Tuscaloosa police report alleges that here’s a 24-year-old woman who has injuries to her neck. Let’s think about that, shall we?

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USMC6511
USMC6511

What are the colleges doing recruiting these thugs in the first place. Sure there is a lot of money involved that eventually supports all the students and faculty of the school. Be it Alabama or UGA athletics has taken on too much importance vs the academics side. If these thugs are bringing in so much needed funds why is there a continual rise in tuition?

Where is the money going? Maybe that's what needs to be investigated.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Today the girl said she made the marks on her neck and the door was already damaged. She said she did it to get back at Jon due he hated cheated on her.


I am sure the AJC will not take the time to share that article for you.


http://alabama.247sports.com/Board/116/Contents/Jonathan-Taylors-accuser-caused-bruises-on-neck-36566879


During an interview with police Tuesday, the accuser said she "used her hands to cause the bruises around her neck," according to court documents obtained by AL.com. She also said damage to a door in her residence was done before Saturday night's incident.

The accuser told officers Tuesday she was seeking revenge on Taylor, who she suspected was cheating on her for a second time. He originally cheated on her in December, according to the documents.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Woman has now admitted that she made it all up. Really?

REGAN1966
REGAN1966

@ColumbusDawg the abuse she is taking from Bama fans made her afraid for her life so she changed her story.

BulldogBen
BulldogBen

Wow. This is World Class trolling Bradley. Despite reactionary blog postings, people by and large can differentiate the terrible problem of domestic violence and the politics of college football.


I believe UGA folks just want to see the media scrutinize Saban and Alabama the same way they do UGA when players get kicked off the team. See: Herbstreit, Kirk. Where is his self righteousness now with regards to this Taylor/Bama situation?

kerryb
kerryb

All of this talk about giving this guy a second chance was a bunch of bull. Saban saw his D line get pushed around last season and was looking for immediate help. He could have cared less about giving him a second chance. You get a second chance after your case is cleared from the courts not before. Saban is full of garbage.

Stingshuh?
Stingshuh?

@kerryb He got some rangs too?................30-24.............13-6.

doktrt
doktrt

Next stop Louisville.


斯科特 · 格里尔
斯科特 · 格里尔

First off Nick Saban never care about this kid problems he just wanted to win. So while i am laughing my as off at Saban desperate move at the same time i feel really sorry for this kid who i believe need some anger management help  

SaulK
SaulK

@vesaversa feel "sorry" for a thug who beats women?  funny stuff!!!

atlfanman
atlfanman

Jonathan Taylor made the mistake, not Nick Saban. Taylor had a great opportunity to turn his life around but could not get away from his demons. No one with any sense is condoning domestic violence or any other type of crime, and naturally sympathies with any victim of crime, however, if there is a possibility a life can be turned around, it is worth a reasonable investment.


The University of Alabama did not need Taylor, Taylor needed what Saban offered.

Wilbo
Wilbo

I never thought I'd say this, but good column, Bradley.

SaulK
SaulK

nick's tired of all these critics---he's going for another ring and wants everyone on board !

WDE
WDE

@ClubShark  and he does not seem to care about the body count to get there either ...the question that he needs to answer is "What changes will you make to your vetting process to ensure this doesn't happen again" After that the legit critics have nothing more to ask. 

Farcas
Farcas

OK Mark, get off your self righteous high horse. No one is laughing at the fact this punk abused a woman. We are laughing at the fact Saban wasted his time and gave this repeat offender a chance with his great football program. Let us know if you need help getting off that high horse.

58Supersports
58Supersports

@Farcas  Great job Mark...no high horse needed. Some people just look for the bad in a person instead of trying to help each other. NS has help more kids than all the judges on this blog.  Most winners are not liked by their under dawgs. I guess Mr. Farcas is one that has never needed a second or third chance. Sounds like he is the one on a white horse.

swimfin2
swimfin2

I assume this is a difference girlfriend he choked in Alabama? 

So he's been there for what, 80 days and already has another? I guess what he did in Athens didn't matter. 

All that does is oh he play fo bama. He gonna be rich. 

5DayHiker
5DayHiker

All you have to know is that UGA recruited him first and everyone knows this guy was the kind of "student athlete" the Dawgs repeatedly admit.  Getting these guys an "education" at UGA is still a joke!!  THWG

UA Grad
UA Grad

@5DayHiker Or he could go to the beloved ACC and take fake classes at UNC Chapel Thrill.

WDE
WDE

@58Supersports @UA Grad @5DayHiker  I remember Pulpwood he was a DGD ! I also remember Pepper Rodgers who had most of his players taking remedial classes at GSU when he was the coaching Bug U !! So I'll talk about any school I please.

tennDAWG
tennDAWG

Not sure Mark,if your're just pandering to the bama faithful or what,but most people are not laughing at Saban.They are disgusted with him and the powers that be that would allow this to happen.The warning signs were there,if a lawsuit is not filed, that might be the only surprise to come from this partnership.Lets hope that a plan (rule) is put in place to make sure nobody's daughter,sister,or wife is assaulted by a multiple offender on campus again.

HendoDawg
HendoDawg

@tennDAWG Well put TD. Not once did I laugh at Saban and/or Bama since this fiasco presented itself the day he was given his "second chance". I was shocked that even Saban (U of A as well) would turn a blind eye to such a violent and nasty situation that had yet to be played out in Athens with this kid. And now...the egg on both Saban's and Bama's collective face...it's terrible. Winning at all costs is what this was all about and talk about ultimate backfires?! Disgusting...simply disgusting!

chalkdawg4
chalkdawg4

Auburn or Louisville will welcome him with open arms.  He will be admitted at one of these schools by the end of the week.

Adam007
Adam007

The amazing thing about this is that  Alabama did not need Taylor. Saban is loaded with talented players at that position but Auburn isn't

StevenPrince
StevenPrince

Saban haters are only too eager to find a reason to disparage him! Saban made a mistake on Taylor? NO! Taylor made the mistake when he blew the chance Saban gave him!

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

The greatest hypocrisy displayed by many fans is that people sometimes long for the days when college athletics can be treated with the proper dignity it deserves by promoting true student-athletes.  We talk about all of the players who rape, assault, steal, do drugs, drink and drive, and any other negative behavior and how they don't belong yet when a coach allows someone facing criminal assault charges to enter his program, he's not to blame.

The next time you people say the NFL should start a developmental league for those not serious about being students (including doing what it takes to remain a student), remember you're FOS.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

With the vocal minority coming to Saban's defense, I wonder when did giving 2nd, 3rd, Xth changes become more honorable than giving the first chance.

REGAN1966
REGAN1966

@DawgnIT ask RICHT. I'm sure he can give the LIST of offenses that keep a kid on the team after MULTIPLE offenses. Richt and UGa have been in the Top 10 of the Fulmer Cup for 6 years in a row.

DrPhill
DrPhill

I think that Saban and the puppet president of the University of Alabama (and FSU) should think about it. Maybe the injured female should file a lawsuit against Saban.

REGAN1966
REGAN1966

@DrPhill what should the girl at UGa do since she was assaulted FIRST under RICHT's watch?

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Nate-the-Great @POAD5150 @DrPhill

Prior to UGA, Taylor would've been a juvenile.  Two SERIOUS offenses, and a fraud charge before his 5-yr high school reunion makes you wonder if there's a juvenile record that we "can't talk about"? 

atlfanman
atlfanman

Giving a kid a second chance is not a bad thing, the kid not recognizing he has been given a second chance is the true tragedy.

REGAN1966
REGAN1966

@atlfanman How many chances did CROWELL, the OGLETREE brothers, J Harvey Clemons and Wiggins get under RICHT?

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@POAD5150 @atlfanman Obviously "second chance" is a moving target.  When a player is kicked off the UGA team then his landing spot is considered a "second chance" no matter how many chances he was given at UGA.  If the kid stays at UGA then each chance given counts.

Crazy.

UA Grad
UA Grad

@atlfanman My guess is that his IQ is sub 70, so I'm sure he wasn't exactly doing a cost analysis concerning the legality or ethics of his behavior.  

UA Grad
UA Grad

@atlfanman I would be in jail if I committed these same crimes. No, my tax-paying, go-to-work everyday, law-abiding butt would be under the jail. I wouldn't have received a "second chance."