T.J. Yeldon issues apology

Running back T.J. Yeldon issued an apology Monday for this throat-slashing gesture Saturday at Texas A&M, saying in part, "That is not the way we do things at Alabama." Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's T.J. Yeldon chose not to speak with the media Monday, but the sophomore running back issued an apology for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Texas A&M.

Yeldon, who rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown in the top-ranked Crimson Tide's 49-42 win Saturday over the No. 6 Aggies in College Station, Texas, drew the ire of Alabama coach Nick Saban after his second-quarter score when he mocked outspoken A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's "show me the money" gesture, capping it off with a double throat-slashing expression.

"I want to apologize to everyone for my selfish actions on Saturday," Yeldon said in the release. "That is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team.

"That is not the way we do things at Alabama. This is something that I will learn from, and I will use better judgment in the future."

Saban, who said earlier in the week that trash talk was "never a part of our game," said he was disappointed with Yeldon's actions.

"That's not us," Saban said during the telecast Saturday. "That's not our program. That's not what we do. We've never, ever tolerated and we've never ever had it."