Monday, following Alabama football's first practice of the spring, head coach Nick Saban took to the podium and addressed highly-rated true freshman cornerback Tony Mitchell's recent arrest for possession of marijuana with intent and reportedly driving at 141 mph as he attempted to evade the police.

Saban announced Mitchell had been "suspended from the team and all team activities" as more information was gathered about the situation.

The football coach also seemed to contradict a statement the university's basketball coach made about his star player Brandon Miller's alleged involvement in a shooting that left one person dead. Oats said in February that Miller was in the "wrong spot at the wrong time," comments that were met with criticism and later walked back.

"Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is," Saban said on Monday. "Everybody's got an opportunity to make choices and decisions. There's no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You've got to be responsible for who you're with, who you're around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations."

Miller has not been charged with a crime and has not missed any games as a result of his reported involvement. The Crimson Tide face No. 5 seed San Diego State in the Sweet 16 on Friday, March 24, in Louisville.

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