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Nick Saban’s Verbal Spat With Paul Finebaum On And Off Air (Video)
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was not a happy camper when he was bombarded with questions by Paul Finebaum over his decision not to suspend Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones following offseason arrests. It got a bit heated when Finebaum stated that it wasn’t really a good look for Alabama.
“I don’t really care to answer the critics. I’m going to do what’s right for the players. If the players really did anything that wrong, they would’ve gotten charged with something,” he began. “… The district attorney didn’t say what all was … Like, there was four people in the car. Why did the two football players get arrested and the other guys did not get arrested? There’s no law about concealed weapons in Louisiana … so why did they search the car just because there was a gun on the seat? There are just a lot of questions there that are reasons there weren’t charges brought against these guys.
“Do we condone the behavior? No, alright? But you’re innocent until proven guilty in this country regardless of whether you get convicted in the media or not, which is what you’re doing to these players. … I’m not going to convict him in the public. You [Finebaum] said I was going to get criticized by you and the public and the media because I’m not going to suspend them. And I don’t really care about that.
“That’s the end of the conversation.”
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) July 13, 2016
After the show went to commercial, Nick Saban continued:
Finebaum later said if everyone at home saw video of what Saban said after the interview when the cameras weren’t rolling, it would go viral with “14 million” views.