Former Husker football coach Tom Osborne says the people need to wait for the facts to come in before they judge former Nebraska player Ahman Green.
Green, who also played in the NFL, was arrested on suspicion of physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct Sunday at his home in Wisconsin after a dispute with his daughter turned physical.
Green graduated from Omaha’s Central High School and played for the University of Nebraska in the mid 1990’s by then coach Osborne who says the news of his arrest surprised him.
“I was like most people, surprised,” Osborne tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KFAB. “Ahman certainly had a good reputation coming out of high school. In talking to his coaches, teachers, no one had a bad thing to say about him. During his three years at Nebraska he was an excellent person to coach and to be around. A good student. There was never any sign of trouble.”
Osborne says often times there are heated moments on a football field and Green was mild mannered. He can’t recall Green being involved in an altercation.
Osborne says he remains in contact with Green and the two speak or see each other several times a year and have maintained a good relationship. He says Green always seemed like a very nice guy and very respectful.
“Having said that I think there is always the assumption that as a coach you are going to stick up for a player no matter what,” Osborne says. “I certainly don’t want to excuse any bad behavior that did happen and certainly hope the young woman is okay. Again I think it is important to try to get the facts sorted out and find out what actually did happen before people start to judge Ahman and judge the situation to harshly.”
Green is out of jail after his arrest that stemmed from an argument with his 15 year old daughter over doing household chores.