You think Saban isn't viewed as a prick? By who, his mom? Also, not disputing whether or not Dabo's comments are factual, I have no idea and haven't followed the story (I just keep seeing the uproar by the Blue Checks every time Dabo doubles down). I'm just pointing out that he's being treated differently than some others would if they stated the same thing. Is Dabo overstepping? Probably. Is the media making too much of a big deal about it? Definitely.
Literally - The media's job is to make a big deal out of anything. That's what they are hired to do now a days.
Tons of national media love Saban. He's not as rough around the edges as he was. The media, save some rival fanbases and rival team reporters, love Saban. His coaching breakdown of the Battle INT got universal appreciation this last week. Saban's response to COVID has been directly contrasted with how Dabo has handled it.
Some of thats true. Nick has mellowed into a much more intelligent and likable person.