Nick Saban, Paul Finebaum have heated exchange
Things got heated on the SEC Network stage Wednesday morning in Hoover.
Nick Saban and Paul Finebaum sparred over the decision to not suspend Cam Robinson or Hootie Jones following their May 17 arrest. The exchange continued into the commercial break in a ballroom full of reporters covering SEC Media Days.
Within earshot of media, Saban launched into a four-letter tirade directed at Finebaum. In it, he used his fingers to note the small amount of marijuana found in the car and insinuated the arresting officers were disgruntled LSU fans.
It ended with a few laughs from everyone on set as Saban exited. See video of the moment above.
On air, Saban started by saying he didn't care about critics offering views.
"If they really did something wrong, they would have been charged with something," Saban said.
Finebaum called that "debatable."
"Do we condone the behavior? No," Saban said to Finebaum. "But you're innocent until you're proven guilty in this country regardless if you get convicted in the media or not, which is what you're doing."
Finebaum responded by asking why he was not suspending either player.
"Because I'm not going to convict him in public," Saban said. "I was going to get criticized by you and the public and the media because I'm not going to suspend him and I don't really care about that. That's the end of the conversation."