Saban Speaks Up After Some Deride Player March
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Shanaya Daughtrey
TUSCALOOSA, AL- Last Monday, the University of Alabama football team showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
They marched united from the Mal Moore Athletic Complex to Foster Auditorium led by head coach Nick Saban.
Both Saban and Alabama running back Najee Harris spoke after the march.
Without delay, some people flocked to social media expressing their disapproval of Saban’s actions.
On Wednesday during a post-practice press conference, Saban was asked about those comments.
“Look, I don’t have an opinion about everybody else’s opinion, ” said Saban. “We try to do the right things, and we try to provide positive leadership for our players.”
Despite some people insisting that football should not be politicized, Saban said he’s focused on elevating his players in more ways than one.
“We are trying to elevate our player’s chances of having success in their life, through their personal development and academic support so they can graduate and develop a career,” said Saban.
While developing a player’s skills is important, providing them leadership and an avenue to express their feelings are equally as important.
“Providing leadership to elevate people around them by using their platform in a positive way, and as I said earlier, I’m pleased with the way that happened and that’s that,” said Saban.