Devonta Pollard Leaves Alabama Basketball Program

By Andrew Gribble | agribble@al.com

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Just weeks after he was arrested and charged for his role in an alleged kidnapping committed by his mother, Alabama men's basketball player Devonta Pollard has withdrawn from the university, coach Anthony Grant said in a university statement.

Pollard, who was arrested and charged earlier this month with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and Grant recently met to discuss his status with the program and ultimately came to this decision.

"Devonta has endured a very challenging time these past few months due to the legal issues involving him and his family," Grant said in the statement. "Our primary concern is and has always been his well-being and doing what is in his best interest. In light of the issues at hand, we felt it best to allow him the time he needed to focus solely on family without having to address his status as a student-athlete. In a recent meeting with Devonta, he informed me that he and his family have decided that he needs to withdraw from The University of Alabama so that he can be closer to his family during this difficult time. Devonta has my full support with his decision. It was a pleasure coaching him this past season.

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