Alabama Football: Raekwon Davis reportedly shot in the leg Saturday night

Brandon Deaderick, Alabama football (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Brandon Deaderick, Alabama football (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Saturday night Alabama football player, sophomore defensive end Raekwon Davis reportedly suffered a minor wound from a stray gunshot bullet.

No information has been released from the Alabama athletic department but multiple sources have confirmed that Raekwon Davis incurred a minor gunshot injury. The details of how ‘minor’ are not yet available.

None of the various reports indicate that Davis was directly involved in any type of altercation with the shooter or anyone else present at the scene.

The Tuscaloosa News reported the location was outside a Tuscaloosa bar,

"Davis, 20, was hospitalized with a minor injury to his leg. Investigators with the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit would not identify Davis as the victim, but The Tuscaloosa News has confirmed his identity. Investigators said Davis was not targeted and hit by a stray bullet."

The same story claimed Davis was “uncooperative” with investigators who came to a Tuscaloosa hospital to file a report. No doubt the college football world will spin that “uncooperative” description into much conjecture and presumption.

Is this bad luck or a bad decision?

We will not guess what exactly happened or why it happened. For anyone wanting to argue a 20-year-old had no business being anywhere near a bar in the early hours of a Sunday morning –  we urge restraint. It happens in college campus towns across the country every Saturday night. And most who do it are not football players.

As a result of the stray gunshot, Davis may or may not play against FSU. Even being grazed by a bullet is too close to being killed by a bullet to ignore the fragility of life.

Davis won the Dwight Stephenson Best Lineman Award after the Alabama football spring game. He was expected to start at defensive end, opposite of Da’Shawn Hand against FSU.

A few years ago, another Alabama football defensive linemen was shot outside an apartment complex thwarting an attempted burglary. That player, Brandon Deaderick missed two days of practice and played five days later.

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We will update this story as more information becomes available. How much would a loss of Davis diminish the Tide defense against the Noles? Don’t worry, the Tide has other very good defensive ends.


Alex Byington of the Decatur Daily tweeted that security at Bar 17 claims the shooting occurred at a gas station near the club.

As reported by Bama Insider Nick Saban said,

"“Our concern at this time is for Raekwon and his health. While this does not appear to be a serious medical situation, Raekwon is still being evaluated.”"