Alabama head coach Nate Oats alongside Brandon Miller. Jan 25, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats talks to forward Brandon Miller (24) during the second half against Mississippi State Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The controversy surrounding the Alabama basketball team continued. Reports claimed, based on police testimony, that Alabama freshman Brandon Miller delivered the gun to teammate Darius Miles the night of a murder that Miles and a friend allegedly committed.

Later, it was clarified that Miller brought Miles back his gun when Miles texted Miller about leaving his gun in his car. This left many confused and wondering if Miller actually participated in this case.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department and District Attorney’s office decided there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Miller to the surprise of many.

That didn’t keep the media from sharing their opinions on the subject. one, in particular, was former Alabama quarterback and current ESPN analyst Greg McElroy who shared his opinion on Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats. Oats made some interesting comments, to say the least, during a press conference on Tuesday. Not everybody took so well to them at all. That included McElroy, who famously lead Alabama’s football team to a BCS National Championship in 2009.

McElroy called Oats’s comments on the case “despicable.” He said, via

“I’ve had to cover some very difficult and uncomfortable stories. This is the worst. It’s the worst for a whole bunch of reasons — one, a mother is dead in her early 20s; two, it involves my school. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Alabama. I have multiple degrees from the University of Alabama.

“I think what Nate Oats said yesterday was despicable — despicable. I can remove my allegiance from what was said yesterday. It’s an embarrassment. And this whole situation, for all involved, is tragic.”

McElroy continued his rant.

“He is a phenomenal basketball coach — operative word there, basketball coach. Phenomenal. But what he said yesterday in the press conference was flat-out embarrassing. Absolutely uncalled for, completely unsympathetic. And completely ridiculous.”

Oats later walked back his comments, but for many, it may not be enough. Oats said that Miller may have been at “the wrong spot at the wrong time”, which offended many including McElroy.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.