- UPDATED: Nick Saban dismissed Jonathan Taylor from Alabama’s football team on Sunday, citing a “zero tolerance policy”
Alabama coach Nick Saban was heavily criticized for this year’s signing of Jonathan Taylor, the former UGA defensive tackle who was dismissed from the Bulldogs last summer after being arrested on an aggravated assault/family violence charge.
And Saban will be under even more scrutiny after what happened with Taylor at Alabama on Saturday night.
Taylor was arrested and charged with domestic violence third degree assault and domestic violence third degree criminal mischief by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, as first reported by al.com’s Matt Zenitz.
The 24-year old female victim had minor injuries to her neck, according to the report. Police also found a bedroom closest door with a hole punched in it.
Taylor was dismissed from UGA last summer after two legal issues within a few months. The final straw was a police response to a third-party complaint that Taylor had physically assaulted his girlfriend during a domestic dispute at McWhorter Hall dormitory. Police said evidence and witness accounts indicate the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Taylor “choked” and “struck with a closed fist” his 5-11, 170-pound female victim. The case remains pending and unresolved in Athens.
Last March, Taylor was one of four Georgia football players arrested for theft by deception after they were caught double-cashing meal reimbursement checks.
Taylor played at Jenkins County High School, and signed with UGA in 2012. He spent this past season at a junior college before enrolling at Alabama in January.
On signing day last month, Saban strongly defended his decision to sign Taylor, calling it a “university decision” and stating that it was a “decision that got made by a lot of people here.”
“We recruited this young man out of high school, and we felt that from what we knew about him, what his high school coach said, what the people at the school that he was at said about him, and where he came from in junior college, that he was the kind of guy that deserved a second chance,” Saban said. “But with that chance, we also have stipulations of things that he needs to do from a personal development standpoint so that he won’t make any kind of mistake like this ever again.
“That’s an ongoing process with him, and that’s something that we continue to monitor, and he has done a very good job with.”