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September 16, 2014

Alabama notebook: Saban brings in speaker to address domestic violence

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Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 6:42 pm

TUSCALOOSA -- With recent incidents in football surrounding violence against women, Alabama has become proactive in educating its players.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said the team has brought in three speakers with one presentation focusing on domestic violence.

“That is definitely an area where we want to continue to educate the players,” Saban said. “The importance of respect for other people, compassion for other people, and treating people the way you’d like to be treated yourself. “

Along with the opposite sex, Saban wants his players to be educated on how to treat people from all walks of life.

“We teach our players they should not evaluate the circumstances of someone else in terms of how they treat them,” Saban said. “Every person should be treated with the kind of respect you would like to be treated with regardless of their station, anyone from whoever cleans the building, cleans the locker room, to whoever the president of the university is. The right way to treat all those people is the right way. There is not some other way.

“I think the message is very effective that we had the other night and we continue to support that in terms of the kind of respect we want our players to show other people.”

INJURY UPDATE: Linebacker Trey DePriest did not participate in drills on Sunday. DePriest wore a black, non-contact jersey and rode a stationary bike off to the side with head athletic trainer Jeff Allen. Saban said DePriest has a “minor” injury. DePriest appeared to be wearing a brace or tape on his left knee and had a slight limp. Cornerback Eddie Jackson participate in multiple drills, including some offense versus defense. He wore a black, non-contact jersey.

Along with DePriest, cornerback Maurice Smith was not spotted on the field during drills. Receiver Robert Foster participated in drills, but toward the end of practice, Foster and Smith joined DePriest, Jackson and Allen off to the side for some stationary bike riding and core exercises.

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