Monday, July 9, 2018

Alabama dismisses LB VanDarius Cowan from football program.

Alabama Crimson Tide

VanDarius Cowan. Image via 247Sports.

VanDarius Cowan is an ex-Crimson Tide linebacker. Cowan was dismissed from the program for what Alabama head coach Nick Saban described via statement described as a "violation of team rules."

While the reason for the dismissal is cloaked in program-speak vagueness, it is probably a result of an incident in June in which Cowan was charged with misdemeanor assault by the Tuscaloosa Police.

"According to the police report, Cowan is accused of punching Jesse Ray, 26, in the face at High Tide bar off the Strip early on the morning of June 23.
Ray told The Tuscaloosa News that he was entering the bar as Cowan was leaving and said he did nothing to provoke him.
He said he drove himself to the emergency room at DCH Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a gash on his lip that required seven stitches. He has a broken tooth and nerve damage, he said."

In his statement, Saban said “Each of us has a responsibility to represent The University of Alabama in a first-class way, and failure to meet those standards can’t be tolerated. We wish VanDarius the very best in the future.”

(via The Tuscaloosa News, HT: SB*Nation)

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