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Alabama dismisses another player after three arrested in four days

Alabama dismisses running back Tyren Jones after a four-day period in which three players were arrested

Alabama Coach Nick Saban was forced to dismiss running back Tyren Jones on Tuesday, making him the second player to be kicked off the team over a four-day stretch in which three players were arrested.

Saban announced Jones was no longer a member of the Crimson Tide hours after the sophomore was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Jones was serving an indefinite suspension since Feb. 10 for what the school said was "conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program."

"He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program," Saban said in a release, the Associated Press reported. "He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement."

On Saturday, defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and defensive back Geno Smith ended up in police custody.

Taylor was cut from the team Sunday after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, his second in less than a year. Taylor was given a second chance by Alabama in January after he was released by Georgia after a domestic violence arrest in July.

"I'm not sorry for giving him an opportunity," Saban said Monday. "I'm sorry for the way things worked out.

"I wanted to try to help the guy make it work. It didn't work. We're sorry that it didn't work and we're sorry that there was an incident and we're sorry for the people that were involved in the incident. But we're not apologizing for what we did, and we're going to continue to try to create opportunities in the future."

Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, his second such offense in two years.

"I don't know if you have children, but you don't throw them out with the bath water every time they do something wrong," Saban said of the junior. "This is the second [DUI] for him. There is a series of things that he has to do internally, which will ... be inpatient and outpatient to help him get better."

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