Alabama linebacker kicked off team after arrest

(image: University of Alabama) VanDarius Cowan

VanDarius Cowan has been dismissed from the University of Alabama football team for violating team rules.

While Coach Saban did not comment on it, the dismissal follows his misdemeanor assault charge from Tuscaloosa Police.

According to Police, Cowan is accused with punching Jesse Ray outside of High Tide bar on the morning of June 23. Ray claims he did nothing to provoke Cowan.

Ray was treated for a gash on his lip that needed seven stitches at DCH Regional Medical Center.

Cowan turned himself in and paid $500 bond without having to go to jail, which is not uncommon with misdemeanor charges.