Daily Archives: May 12, 2011

New details released surrounding Aaron Douglas' death

The investigation into the death of Alabama football player Aaron Douglas is still underway in Fernandina Beach, Fla. The cause of death is pending determination from the medical examiner’s office.

A news release from the small Florida town near the Georgia border shed more light on the sudden death of the 21-year-old who recently transferred to Alabama.

According to witnesses, Douglas was in a cab on the way to Jacksonville when contacted by two females from Fernandina Beach. He invited to a party at the house where he was later found dead.

According to the news release, he arrived between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Douglas was last seen at 2 a.m.

According to the release, the Fernandina Beach police were called to a home at 8:13 a.m. with a report of a deceased male later identified as Douglas.  He was found on a second-floor balcony of the home.

The police is “investigating the possibility of illegal alcohol consumption at the party,” according to the release.

BREAKING: Alabama confirms death of Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Update 2:26 p.m.: More details are expected to be released within the hour. He died in Fernandina Beach, Fla.,  located north of Jacksonville and close to the Georgia border. We will update as soon as they are received.

Update 3:30 p.m.: A statement from Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones was just released from the school:

“Aaron Douglas was a great teammate and great guy. He was a really hard worker that was having a positive impact on our football team. Aaron was someone I’ve known since high school. We were from the same state, and we were being recruited at the same time. I enjoyed getting to know him, and I was looking forward to having him as a teammate the next two years. His loss is extremely sad, and we are going to miss him dearly. He has a wonderful family and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.”

The University of Alabama just released a statement confirming the death of offensive lineman Aaron Douglas. The emailed statement says he died Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., but no further details were available. He was 21 and a native of Maryville, Tenn.

Tide coach Nick Saban also commented within the release.

“It is a tragedy anytime you lose someone close to you and even more so when it is a member of your family,” said UA head football coach Nick Saban. “Aaron was a part of our family and always will be a part of our family at Alabama. He was an outstanding young man and we were excited about what he had accomplished as a player and a person in the short time he was with us.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, David and Karla, who are two of the best people you will ever meet and the love they had for their son was something very special. As a father, there is nothing we can say to describe the loss of a son. Our Alabama family has sustained a tragic loss and the Alabama family is grieving that loss. We will be here to support Aaron’s family in any way we can.”

Check back for more details as they emerge.

Update: Douglas’ Twitter account was updated as recently as 11:01 Wednesday night.

“Who’s still up right now?!?” was the last update on his page.

One minute earlier, he posted this:  “Bout to kick it with my new friends Emily!! #polodown”

Here’s a screenshot of his page.

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Reports: Alabama OL Aaron Douglas found dead

The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting  junior Alabama football player     Aaron Douglas was found dead Wednesday night. Click here for the story in which his high school coach confirms his passing.

In a reply to an inquiry on the topic, an Alabama spokesman said he was still working on confirmation of the story.

Further details are still unknown, but scores of current and former Alabama players have taken to Twitter with the news in the past hour.

Tweeted Greg McElroy: “RIP Aaron Douglas. Enjoyed what little time I spent with you and I know you will be watching over us.”

Punter Cody Mandell tweeted: “R.I.P. Aaron Douglas. Man you were like my brother at Bama. I talked to you yesterday bro. Watch over me man. My boy AD.”

Douglas came to Alabama this spring after transferring from Arizona Western Community College. He played at Tennessee as a true freshman in 2009.

Check back later for further details.

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Derek Dooley, Tennessee AD comment on Aaron Douglas death

Reaction keeps rolling in as the story of Alabama football player’s tragic death spreads. The University of Tennessee — the school where Douglas started as a freshman in 2009 — released statements from top athletics officials. Here’s what they said.

Athletics directors Mike Hamilton and Joan Cronan
“We are saddened to hear the news regarding the passing of Aaron Douglas. Our thoughts and prayers are with David and Karla Douglas and their family during this difficult time.”

Head football coach Derek Dooley
“No one can understand the pain that a family must endure after the loss of a child. My prayers go out to David and Karla and everyone who was close to Aaron.”

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Lane Kiffin, former teammates comment on Douglas death

The impact of Twitter in the news cycle was evident again today with how viral the story of Aaron Douglas’ death became. Here’s what a few prominent people said on Twitter in the wake of the news:

Former UT coach Lane Kiffin
“Just heard the horrible news of tragic incident w/Aaron Douglas. He was a great kid w/a huge heart. My thoughts & prayers r w/David & Karla.”

Former Alabama QB Greg McElroy
“RIP Aaron Douglas. Enjoyed what little time I spent with you and I know you will be watching over us.”

Alabama punter Cody Mandell
“R.I.P. Aaron Douglas. Man you were like my brother at Bama. I talked to you yesterday bro. Watch over me man. My boy AD.”

Alabama linebacker Jonathan Atchison
“RIP my potna and teammate Aaron Douglas @80Fresh, we gone hold it down for u”

Tennessee defensive back Zack Allen
“@80Fresh AD ~ Thank you for the memories homie. I will forever cherish them!”

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Tide coaches set radio show to benefit storm victims

Alabama announced a special state-wide radio show will air Monday evening (May 16) to benefit victims of the historic April 27 tornado outbreak.

The special will air from 6-8 p.m. on all members of the Crimson Tide Sports Network. It will originate from “The Zone” at Bryant-Denny Stadium, according to a news release, where attendees will be asked to donate to the “UA acts of kindness fund.”

Nick Saban, Anthony Grant and gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson are among those scheduled to appear.

Click here to find the radio affiliate in your area.