HOOVER, Ala. – Alabama head coach Nick Saban may not have second thoughts about giving former Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor a second chance to compete with his program.
But in hindsight, Saban suggested the decision to kick Taylor off of the team could have been rushed. Taylor, who allegedly punched a woman when he was at Georgia during the summer of 2014, was arrested following a domestic violence claim this past spring after enrolling at Alabama. Since the Alabama arrest, Taylor's accuser recanted her initial complaint, though Taylor did later admit guilt to misdemeanor criminal mischief in a plea deal on July 7.
“I do not regret giving players opportunities,” Saban said. “This is an opportunity that we gave a player that didn't work, but in fairness to the player, he didn't really get the kind of due process before he was judged as maybe he -- as any person should. But it is what it is. We've all moved on. He was in zero tolerance, and therefore, we've moved on. We do not condone that kind of behavior in our program.”
Following his exit from Georgia, Taylor played the 2014 season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. prior to his arrival with the Crimson Tide in January. At Georgia last July, Taylor was accused of punching a woman with a closed fist and choking her. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
Taylor pleaded not guilty in an Athens-Clarke County courtroom this past April.