Strong held a news conference with the Louisville media, in which he stressed the importance of getting Ashley the help he needs to get his life back on track. Ashley was arrested this past weekend after he bumped a police cruiser. His blood-alcohol level was 0.186, more than twice the legal limit.
"Guys have to understand when they make a decision where their own life is placed in jeopardy or the life of someone else is placed in jeopardy, then it becomes a major problem," Strong said. "They have to realize they are responsible for their own actions. As a coach -- when a player fails, we all fail.
Ashley was expected to compete for the starting cornerback job, and now Louisville has even more concerns about depth in the secondary. Strong was asked whether he considered dismissing Ashley from the team.
"Any time you talk about do you dismiss a young man? When you see what has happened, two within seven months, you dismiss him from the team -- What does he become? Just another statistic in society?" Strong said. "So what did we accomplish and how did we help him? You have to help people. Here’s a young man who has never been an issue on our team until those two issues that he had, which are two serious issues, but he’s a young man, he went to class, never had a class issue with him, did all the right things. It wasn’t where I was going to walk in and say you’re out of this program. We have to help young people. Now, he may not ever play here again, but he’s going to be provided the right resources and enough help to get his life straight."