Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell announced yesterday that his time with the Crimson Tide was over and that he was hanging up his cleats for good, effective immediately.
Coach Nick Saban politely disagreed.
Bell made the abrupt announcement Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, citing his desire to pay more attention to his children. “I’ve made so many memories here @ Alabama,” he wrote, “but some things you gotta let go.”
It’s a sweet mantra, but not one embraced by Saban, who dismissed Bell’s absence from practice on Tuesday as nothing more than a “personal day” and vowed that the talented wideout would return the next day. Saban, as is so often the case, was right.
Six hours later, a presumably well-rested Bell ended his retirement with another Twitter post: “I’m back with the team!! Just needed time to myself for a day but I couldn’t leave my boy @10AJMcCarron we ended this run together.”
A source tells CBS’ Jeremy Fowler that Bell’s decision to quit may have been related to playing time. He walked away from Alabama’s season opening rout of Virginia Tech without a catch.
So why the sudden turnaround? Maybe he really couldn’t bear to leave AJ McCarron behind. Or maybe he just didn’t want to get on Katherine Webb’s bad side.
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