Update: Roach Cleared in Incident, Nance Arrested

Alabama football player Freddie Roach was cleared of any involvement in an incident that took place in a Sheffield night club over the weekend, and another Tide player, Earnest Nance, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest in the incident, according to a press release from the City of Sheffield on Tuesday.

The press release, in its entirety reads:

"On 08-31-2004, the Sheffield Police Department arrested Earnest Lee Nance of Courtland, AL, regarding an incident that occurred at the Fiest Club, Jackson Highway, Sheffield, AL, on 08-29-2004. Mr. Nance and his attorneys came to the Police Department and gave a voluntary statement. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. He was released on bond pending a September 22, 2004 court date. This concludes the investigation conducted by the Sheffield Police Department. There will be no more releases.

Nance was not present at Tuesday's practice in Tuscaloosa.

WAFF-TV in Huntsville aired Roach's name in connection with an incident in Sheffield in the early Sunday morning hours, and indicated that Sheffield police planned to issue a warrant for Roach's arrest.

Roach said that he "went home for a little bit and came right back," on the night of the incident. He said he was in Tuscaloosa by 11:30 p.m.

"It was a mistake," Roach said. "Evidently, someone messed up. I'm just fortunate to have the people in my life that are there to support me and believed me the whole time. Now I'm ready to move on."

Following Tuesday's practice in shorts and shoulder pads, Mike Shula met briefly with the media.

"Regarding Earnest Nance…," Shula said. "He'll be treated like everyone else within our team policies, and we won't ever make those public. We have a policy set up for people that violate them in all different areas and all different ways and that's the way we'll have it."

Regarding Nance's status for Saturday's game Shula said, "We'll handle all that and we'll let you know. I don't have any other comment, other than that."

When reached on a cell phone Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:15 p.m., Nance said, "I don't know what's going on." When asked if he was at the Fiesta Club at the time in question, Nance declined to answer.

Nance was listed as a redshirt freshman on Alabama's fall roster. He has never played in a game for Alabama.


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