Nick Saban Addresses Da’Shawn Hand Status with the Team
Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed the status of defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand during his first press conference of the fall.
The senior was arrested for a DUI early Saturday morning and it was later reported that he was sleeping in the vehicle rather than driving at the time of the arrest. Saban said that came into consideration when evaluating the issue.
"The fact that he didn't drive the car and wasn't drive the car, he did not put other people at risk, which to me is the most significant thing when you're driving under the influence, but he didn't drive," Saban said.
Saban explained the way they'll handle the situation within the program.
"Rather than worry about the punishment part of it. We put him in 48-hour inpatient for assessment purposes. Professional people assess what he needs to do, what we need to do with him, and that's what we will do with him.
"Because he put himself in that situation, we'll give him community service and police ride-around and some different things to help him. And if he does everything he's supposed to do, he will not be suspended. Because I think what we're doing is helping the player."
Listen to Saban's full comments below.