Next to the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, it's no secret that I love Alabama's Crimson Tide. The double bonus is Alabama's coach Nick Saban. (My favorite ND coach always has been and always will be Ara Parseghian. But I digress.)
And, if it is possible, I just gained even more respect for Saban after what he just did during preseason camp.
On the fourth preseason football practice of the 2014 season on Sunday, Saban addressed the media at the Naylor Stone Media Suite in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility in Tuscaloosa.
Citing the NFL's Ray Rice suspension and allegations against several players around college football, Saban deemed it a good idea to have brought in a speaker specifically to address domestic violence.
It's being addressed as part of the multiple speakers Alabama annually invites for its preseason camp.
"That is definitely an area where we want to continue to educate the players," Saban said Sunday, according to USA TODAY Sports. "The importance of respect for other people, compassion for other people, and treating people the way you'd like to be treated yourself."
Saban said this expands beyond treatment of the opposite sex.to bring in a speaker on domestic violence.
(Personally, I think the "punishment" given Rice was a joke and an insult to domestic violence victims but that is a topic I will address in another commentary. Just so you know, domestic violence is my #1 hot-button issue.)
Anyway, both USATODAY Sports and AL.com report the following: "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."
I think what Saban did should be done in every college, high school and NFL football camp. It's all about respect, don't you think?
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