Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Nick Saban Unapologetic for Signing Jonathan Taylor

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Nick Saban Unapologetic for Signing Jonathan Taylor

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban didn't apologize for his decision to welcome Jonathan Taylor onto his University of Alabama football team, only the way it ended.

Taylor was booted from the team by Saban on Sunday afternoon after being arrested on two charges of domestic violence that occurred Saturday evening. It was the second such arrest for Taylor, who enrolled at Alabama in January after signing as part of the Crimson Tide's 2015 recruiting class.

Describing Taylor as a "good person," Saban was unapologetic during his Monday press conference for his decision to bring the 6- foot-4, 335-pound defensive tackle, who has now been charged with domestic violence against two separate women, into his program.

Instead Saban attempted to justify why some football players deserve second chances, saying the process has worked out several times in the past and that he'll continue to do it in the future on a case-by-case basis.

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"No, I'm not sorry for giving him an opportunity," Saban said. "I'm sorry for the way things worked out. I'm not apologizing for the opportunity we gave him. We wanted to try and help the guy make it work, it didn't work. We're sorry it didn't work, we're sorry there was an incident, we're sorry for the people that were involved in the incident. But we're not apologizing for what we did."

Saban declined to go into detail about what steps he and his program did in the vetting process prior to Taylor's admission to the university. Sunday, Seth Emerson of The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., reported that Athens-Clarke County district attorney Ken Mauldin and University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt said neither were "contacted by anyone at Alabama about Taylor. …

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