ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Alabama quarterback competition has been a major story this offseason. It got a whole lot bigger on Saturday.Incumbent starter Jalen Hurts, who was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa at halftime of last season’s national title game, was asked about the quarterback battle. Hurts response went viral quickly.The rising junior said no one on the Alabama staff spoke to him about the race for the starting job.Here are his comments, via AL.com.“No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt,” Hurts said. “No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. Nobody asked me what my future held.”After Hurts’ comments were published, some criticized him as selfish for his candidness.Today, Hurts’ mom Pamela weighed in on what is going on. She defender her son in a Facebook post, and she didn’t hold back.“Wow ignorance is blissed,” Pamela Hurts said per tdalabamamag.com. “When has Jalen ever spoken to media about anything other than the team? When has he ever whined, pouted or talk about what “y’all” don’t know takes place behind the scenes? There’s a reason why players aren’t allowed to speak to the media. Jalen spoke his truth, finally, after 3 years of being compliant and controlled. You have no idea what is and has been going on— and most likely, never will.“Folks quick to speak highly on his character and demeanor, but know he is completely opposite of those accolades today. If you can turn on this young man today and not your president for any of his rhetoric, you were never with him to begin with.”By all accounts, Hurts and Tagovailoa are both well-respected by their teammates and the Alabama coaching staff. It doesn’t seem like there’s major internal strife among the players regarding the ongoing duel.However, it doesn’t look like this is going away any time soon. Hurts has already said he will be with the Crimson Tide this season, so we’ll have to see how this plays out once the season starts.
“JVP speakers have been trying to mislead voters by saying that there was no point in voting for the UPFA because Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa could lose his civic rights. The public should be vigilant about such falsehoods being propagated by bankrupt politicians. Firstly, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa did not give money to the LTTE. On the contrary, it was he who defeated the LTTE. It was President Ranasinghe Premadasa who gave money and weapons to the terrorists. Secondly, no Presidential Commission has recommended that Mr Rajapaksa be deprived of his civic rights. Thirdly a Presidential Commission of Inquiry cannot deprive anybody of his civic rights unless parliament passes a resolution to that effect with a two thirds majority,” Rajapaksa’s office said in a statement. The JVP leader also said that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s wife Mrs Shiranthi Rajapaksa had spent Rs. 35 million from the Siriliya Saviya charity run by her to buy a house. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied giving money to the LTTE adding that on the contrary it was he who defeated the LTTE.The former President’s office said that JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake had said at an election rally that President Maithripala Sirisena had told him that if a Presidential Commission of Inquiry finds former President Rajapaksa guilty of having given money to the LTTE, he could be deprived of his civic rights. “In an earlier press release, we have pointed out that Mrs Shiranthi Rakapaksa had bought a property in Colombo 5 on a loan. This loan appears in former President Rajapaksa’s assets and liabilities declaration as a liability. Siriliya Saviya money was not used to buy this property. Like other families, the Rajapaksa family also has assets as well as liabilities,” the statement said.The former President’s office said that the JVP, which is spreading these falsehoods, is responsible for causing the deaths of around 70,000 youths and causing damage to property amounting to around Rs. 20 billion. (Colombo Gazette)