The suspension of a football player from the Crimson Tide will likely be overturned, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
It was announced Friday that the NCAA had ruled that the Alabama football program violated the rules of the NCAA by suspending linebacker James Denson in October after he posted a tweet about a teammate’s birthday and the team’s victory over Clemson.
Denson is currently in the process of applying for reinstatement.
Denson, a freshman, had a suspension reduced from a six-game ban to two games after a panel of five judges found that he had violated the university’s rules regarding the use of social media.
The NCAA panel ruled that Denson should not have been suspended for posting the tweet, which referenced Clemson’s win over Alabama on Oct. 4, 2018, after Clemson defeated Alabama 24-0.
In a statement, the university said it was disappointed with the decision, which will likely put the Crimson Flashes in the same position they are currently in.
The statement did not elaborate on what actions Denson would take if he is reinstated.
Dyson’s suspension was one of four reduced to two-game suspensions that took effect on Friday.
The NCAA panel also ordered Alabama to reduce the number of days Denson will be on scholarship in 2019 to four from seven.
The Crimson Tide is still in the middle of the investigation into a number of players who have been charged with sexual assault and sexual misconduct.
The suspension comes a day after Denson was suspended for two games by the school, which has been under a NCAA investigation into sexual assault accusations against the team.
Alabama released a statement Friday afternoon that said the school has cooperated fully with the investigation and expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Diversions, including a four-week suspension, were ordered for Denson’s teammates, coach Nick Saban and team president Bill Battle.
The Crimson Tide and the university have denied any wrongdoing by Denson.
Alabama announced Denson and other football players would be ineligible for postseason play after the 2020 season.