Nick Saban said he could have handled his Monday press conference about Jonathan Taylor better.
Saban made the comments about his media availability after the school said Taylor was no longer a student and ineligible to be reinstated to the team. Taylor has been charged with domestic violence for an incident on Saturday and dismissed from the team on Sunday.
When speaking to the media on Monday, Saban apologized for the incident that led to Taylor's dismissal but didn't apologize for giving him an opportunity at Alabama after he was dismissed from Georgia in July after a domestic violence incident. He clarified his comments Thursday to ESPN, however the general tone of his sentiments was unchanged.
"Look, I didn't handle it the best way and I take responsibility for that, but I certainly didn't mean for it to come across that I was insensitive to the seriousness of domestic violence," Saban told ESPN.com.
"I'm not insensitive to this issue. I'm very sensitive to it and will continue to be, but I also believe in giving kids chances. That's the point I was trying to make. I'm sorry for the incident, sorry for the people involved in the incident, sorry this ever happened, sorry for our team, sorry for the university. I'm sorry in every way. But I'm not sorry for giving the guy an opportunity because that sets you up to never be able to give the next guy an opportunity."
It's easy – and can be justified – to knock Saban for bringing Taylor to Alabama and his defense of the move. But it's also important to note that he's far from the only coach who gives talented players multiple chances. And will likely continue to be one of many.
Taylor is awaiting trial from the July charges. He was also involved in a scheme at Georgia where players were accused of double-cashing tuition checks. The woman accusing him of Saturday's incident has recanted to police, however police are still keeping the charges against Taylor pending a complete investigation.
He's also not the only Alabama player who has been dismissed this week. Suspended running back Tyren Jones was dismissed after a marijuana arrest. Safety Geno Smith was also disciplined after a second DUI arrest.For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.
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