SEC explains why Alabama players couldn’t show wristband messages at Texas A&M

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Following Alabama’s win over Texas A&M on Saturday, Crimson Tide safety Minkah Fitzpatrick tweeted that he was told to remove his wristbands with scriptures written on them.

When asked about the situation on Monday, Fitzpatrick said officials asked him to remove the wristbands.

“A lot of people on the team, we either wear a scripture or someone’s name who passed away on our wristbands and stuff like that,” Fitzpatrick said. “The refs just told us we couldn’t wear them and that happens every once in a while. They say it’s an equipment-type rule. Can’t argue with them. Just got to take them off.”

Fitzpatrick said a similar situation happened when Alabama played at Arkansas last season.

When reached for comment, SEC director of communications Chuck Dunlap released the following statement to SEC Country:

“NCAA Football Playing Rules that regulate equipment do not permit individual messages to appear on apparel, including warm-ups, socks, headbands, t-shirts, wristbands, gloves, etc.  Officials do not seek out equipment violations and generally rely on football staffs to ensure compliance with these requirements.  However, when an official takes notice of equipment inconsistencies the player will be asked to make the appropriate adjustment to abide by NCAA playing rules.”

Based on the wording of the rule, it would appear that enforcement is up to the discretion of the individual referee crews.

Alabama players often wear individual messages on their arm and wristbands during both home and away games without any issues.

No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) hosts Arkansas on Saturday for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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