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From NYT

December 12, 1981

Sports People; Bryant Suspends 2

Coach Bear Bryant has suspended Thomas Boyd, an all-American linebacker, and Linnie Patrick, a halfback, from the Alabama football squad and said the pair would not participate in the Crimson Tide's Cotton Bowl game against Texas Jan. 1. Bryant said he did not care to make any further comment.

Boyd was arrested on a felony warrant, then released on $500 bond, one day after police said they found a small amount of marijuana in his car. Patrick was in the car at the time but was not charged. Both players had been suspended earlier in the season for violation of team training rules. In November, Alabama's starting fullback, Ken Simon, was arrested and charged with firing a 16-gauge shotgun, a felony, at two university law students after a traffic accident was narrowly averted. Simon was not dismissed or suspended from the team because, Bryant said, he had not broken training rules.

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