So one of Nick Saban’s star players is sitting in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, and if that was never the title of a Johnny Cash song, it certainly should have been. But here’s a twist that would have surprised even the Man in Black — not only is Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw locked in the hoosegow, but his girlfriend is as well. And guess who the young lady’s dad is supporting? Yep, the boyfriend.
Sometimes team loyalty is thicker than blood, especially in the SEC. Both Upshaw and his girlfriend, Kendall Gryzb, were arrested on Wednesday on the UA campus in what police say was a domestic violence dispute in the parking lot of the Student Recreation Center. Look, we could go on all day about who pulled whose hair and who slapped who in the face. Suffice it to say that there was plenty of both; and according to witnesses, Gryzb gave as good as she got.
Not that that’s OK. Fighting with girls, while generally acceptable in a grade school playground setting, is not cool amongst grownup people. Walk away, Courtney, walk away. But Saban evidently hasn’t gotten around to that seminar yet, so he’s down a player.
This is not sitting well with Dave Gryzb, father of Upshaw’s girlfriend. His daughter may have cost Alabama one or two wins! From the MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER:
“I hate to see this guy get in too much trouble because I honestly think it was probably initiated by my daughter,” Mr. Grzyb said. “I don’t think he laid a hand on her. He just tried to restrain her to keep from getting hit again.”
“Thanks, dad. My father, folks.”
See what Kendall’s 2,000 or so Facebook friends have to say about the altercation here. If no one’s talking, at least enjoy her profile photo, which is better than the one above.
Meanwhile, Saban said that Upshaw will not be suspended for the incident. Of course not. Sounds like he may even get a medal.