Upshaw and Grzyb’s Facebook profile pic.
(I can only guess she’s on the right. That girl just looks crazy…)
News broke earlier this week that Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw was jailed on domestic violence and harassment charges after a member of the University Police Department witnessed an altercation between Upshaw and his girlfriend Kendall Grzyb in a parking lot on campus.
Both Upshaw and his girlfriend were arrested around 9:30 p.m. after a confrontation described by UA police as:
A police officer drove upon the scene just before 9:30 p.m. The linebacker was moving closer to his girlfriend of three months “with intent to make contact with her,” the report said.
The two were yelling at each other when Upshaw grabbed the back of her neck in an attempt to push her down, but she escaped and tried to hit him in the face. But Upshaw grabbed her arm and pushed her away before officers took control of the situation.
Upshaw told officers that Grzyb had slapped him for talking to another girl immediately before he chased after her. The two were then placed under arrest and taken to jail.
While the situation certainly doesn’t seem cut and dry, you’d think that head coach and noted disciplinarian Nick Saban would at least drop the hammer a bit on his started linebacker. Yet Saban’s first comments on the altercation announced that Upshaw would not be suspended and simply punished internally.
“He is as fine a young man as we have in the program,” Saban said. He is really a good person and he works hard academically. I couldn’t ask anybody to be a better representative for the organization than he is. He over-achieves as a football player and he’s done a very good job for us as an organization.
“I think he was put in a little bit of an uncompromising position and he obviously didn’t handle it very well. He obviously made a mistake in how he handled the situation and I think nobody feels worse about it than he does.”
It turns out Saban’s key resource in delving out punishment wasn’t the UA police report, but the father of the alleged victim. Dave Grzyb, Kendall’s father, left a voice message for coach Saban the very next morning, vouching for Upshaw, and not his own daughter.
I hate to see this guy get into too much trouble because I honestly think it was probably initiated by my daughter,” Grzyb told media members. “I don’t think he laid a hand on her. He just tried to restrain her to keep from getting hit again. I appreciate the four free season tickets that coach Saban gave me and I promise that I’ll keep my daughter in line next time she decides to date a starter on the football team.“
Nevermind that a sworn account by a sergeant on the UAPD said that Upshaw chased down his daughter and “grabbed Grzyb by the back of the neck and hair with his right hand and pushed her downward in what appeared to be an attempt to push her to the ground.”
I’ve never had great faith in any university police official to have a firm grasp on reality, but you’ve got to wonder what really happened during what old man Grzyb described as a “lovers quarrel.”
Here’s one thing we should never question though: Dave Grzyb’s devotion to the Crimson Tide.
Check your mail for those tickets soon, Dave. Coach Saban says thanks…