Nick Saban Provides Context and Clarity to Jermaine Burton Incident in Knoxville
One of the ancillary storylines surrounding Alabama's contest with Mississippi State on Saturday night involved Alabama wide receiver Jermaine Burton. The transfer caught himself in the cross-hairs of scrutiny after he had not one, but two altercations with fans in the pandemonium that followed the Tide's upset loss to Tennessee last week.
Fans and media members alike debated if Burton should face team punishment but ultimately his penance was kept behind program doors.
The California native assumed his starting role with the Crimson Tide on Saturday against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and played what appeared to be his normal role in the offense.
"Look, I don't know how many of you have ever been in a situation like that, but I talked to him, he was scared, I was scared, some of our other players were scared. I think you learn to respect other people because we have a responsibility to do that, regardless of the circumstance that we're in," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
I talked to the guy. We have him in a counseling program, it's not an anger management program as people announced today. Nobody ever said that. That's not the problem. That's not the issue. It's about having the proper respect for other people. I didn't think it was neccessary to suspend the guy, so, if you knew the whole story maybe you wouldn't either, but I'm not going to divulge that."
Burton hauled in two receptions for 40 yards on four targets, bringing his season total to 20 receptions for 306 yards and three touchdowns for the Tide this year.
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