Nick Saban has speaker address Alabama players on domestic violence

Nick Saban took steps to educate his players about domestic violence. (Vasha Hunt / AP /

Nick Saban did something that all college coaches should do: he brought in a speaker to address players about domestic violence during Alabama’s preseason camp.

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

Saban’s move comes after the two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice proved to be controversial, but the ‘Bama speaker stressed more than violence involving the opposite sex.  Probably a good idea after the NFL’s bullying scandal last fall involving the Miami Dolphins.

“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.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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