2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend.

Defensive back Geno Smith and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor are facing legal trouble again.

Smith was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday for the second time in his career.

Smith took to social media to apologize to fans for his arrest.

“I know I have lost respect from alot of Alabama fans and thats understandable but I will be better from these events in my life!” Smith said in one of several such posts on his Twitter page Saturday. He was also arrested on a DUI charge in August 2013.

Taylor’s case is potentially even more of a problem for the program.

The player signed with the Tide months after his dismissal from Georgia and was arrested Saturday for similar allegations of domestic abuse. The case in Georgia is still pending.

Saban has kicked Taylor off the team, saying the player knew he was signed under a “zero tolerance policy.” His case has been referred to the university’s judicial affairs, according to school spokeswoman Deborah Lane.

Taylor has been charged with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, police said.

A police news release said the woman had injuries to her neck and a hole had been punched in the closet door of a bedroom.

The 6-foot-4, 335-pound lineman was dismissed from Georgia in July 2014 following his arrest on aggravated assault and family violence charges.

Taylor played last season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. He was also one of four Georgia players arrested in March 2014 for receiving double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the school’s athletic department.

Alabama had also re-signed defensive lineman D.J. Pettway out of a junior college last year, 10 months after the school dismissed him. Pettway and three other Crimson Tide players were charged with robbery in Tuscaloosa.

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