Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand Arrested For DUI

University of Alabama defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand got caught up in the sauce on Saturday morning and was arrested in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

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Alabama’s All-SEC selection Da’Shawn Hand was arrested and charged with a DUI Saturday morning. https://t.co/xn8Wubmz4E

 The Spun kind of did the brother dirty on Twitter by putting the booking sheet with his photo all out there, but thats just how we do these days. 

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Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand arrested for DUI – mugshot already up

Alabama has a lot at stake this season. The football factory who most recently won titles in 2011, 2012, and 2015 want to get back to the top of the food chain after losing in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game to Clemson in 2016. To say Hands poor judgement came at the worst possible time is an understatement. 

The DUI charge comes less than a week before the Crimson Tide open fall camp and is another disappointment for Hand, who arrived to Bama as the top-ranked strong-side defensive end in the country as part of a stellar 2014 recruiting class. 

“This type of behavior is not acceptable, and we are disappointed in Da’Shawn’s actions,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a statement Saturday, per College Football Talk’s Bryan Fischer. “We are still gathering information and will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward, so better choices and decisions can be made in the future.”

While Hand hasnt been a drop dead All-American over his first three seasons, he was hoping for a breakout 2017, but this latest arrest might offer some insight as to why he hasnt elevated to projected heights, accumulating just 44 total tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble in just 24 appearances for the Tide.

Da’Shawn Hand Alabama DL vs Clemson 2015

Uploaded by Charlie on 2016-07-18.

Hand was supposed to assume a significant leadership role on the D-line this season, but his latest arrest might throw a kink into things. 

Coach Saban doesnt have time to be coddling an underachieving upperclassman as the squad prepares for a formidable season opener against Florida State Seminoles on Sept. 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.