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Nick Saban on Bama message: ‘All lives matter, including Black lives’

Chris Bumbaca USA TODAY

Published 1:02 PM EDT Sep 12, 2020

Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide football players marched in an Aug. 31 protest against racial injustice, as college football players across the country did throughout the summer.

That day, Saban said he felt “like a proud parent.” 

The positive messaging his players have used in their fight for equality is what makes him most proud, the 68-year-old Saban said Saturday on ESPN’s “College GameDay.” 

“I think it’s always been our goal to sort of elevate players, have a better chance to be successful in life,” Saban said. “Part of that is, how do you elevate other people and lead other people in a positive direction? I think our players have tried to be positive. They recognize the issues that we have, but they try to be positive in terms of, ‘What can we do to impact the future and create change in a positive way?’

“That’s why I’ve been very proud of the way our players have approached it. I think that they are doing some things that can effect change in our community as well as the messaging that they’ve sent: That all lives matter, including Black lives.” 

No. 3 Alabama opens its all-Southeastern Conference 2020 schedule against the Missouri Tigers on Sept. 26. 

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Published 1:02 PM EDT Sep 12, 2020

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