(Sporting Alert) — Alabama player LaMichael Fanning was ordered to apologize for his shocking pile-driver tackle on Missouri’s Russell Hansbrough last Saturday and the victims coach, Gary Pinkel is ready to forget about it.
Watch The Dangerous Tackle From Fanning on Hansbrough
Fanning, who is still uncertain about his place in the Alabama team for this weekend’s game against Tennessee, wrote a letter, apologizing to Hansbrough and Pinkel and the latter, a teammate of Saban during their playing time at Kent State, is ready to move on from the dangerous incident.
There has been several calls for Fanning to be suspended, but Pinkel is only happy that no one got hurt.
“Nick called me, and we’re obviously friends,” said Pinkel. “Nick Saban doesn’t teach anything like that — ever.
“Thankfully, nobody was hurt. I don’t think there was any malice involved. A player just lost emotional control and made a mistake.
“No one got hurt, and a lesson was learned. I thought Nick handled it appropriately.”
Saban, in the meantime, has decided to look carefully into the matter – assuring everyone that things are being dealt with internally.
“We’re handling his poor judgment internally in terms of what we’re doing, and I think everybody’s very satisfied with what we’re doing,” Saban was quoted as saying.
“I don’t think it’s anybody else’s concern. This is a family matter. We’re handling it internally. We appreciate the fact that we are able to do that.
“Our emphasis with him is to learn from this experience as well as all the players on our team and to do things that help them make better choices and decisions in the future.
“I don’t think everybody should be concerned about the punishment as much as the things we’re trying to do to help the young man.”