As the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares for their Thursday afternoon match-up against Texas A&M CC in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the murder investigation of Jamea Harris still hangs over this team’s head.
Late Wednesday night, a report from the New York Times indicated that another Bama player, walk-on-freshman Kai Spears, was at the scene of the crime the night that Harris was murdered. But both Alabama and Spears strongly refute that implication.
“I have one thing to say – the report in the New York Times was 100% inaccurate and the writer had complete disregard for the truth,” Spears said in a statement according to Nick Kelly of the Tuscaloosa News. “I am trying to process and cope with these false statements that somehow have been published and then seen by so many. So thankful to Alabama Athletics for refuting it on my behalf.
“More than anything… I remain completely heartbroken by the tragic death that occurred that night.”
Story updated with statements from Kai Spears and his father, Marshall AD Christian Spears, both of whom refuted the NYT report: https://t.co/ii243xuYMw
— Nick Kelly (@_NickKelly) March 16, 2023
Spears’ father Christian, who is the athletic director at the University of Marshall, indicated that legal action may take place against the Times for this story.
“I am just incredibly disappointed in the irresponsible and demonstrably false reporting by the NY Times,” Marshall Spears said in a statement. “We are exploring all legal options at this time. I will have no further comment, instead deferring to the University of Alabama’s statement on the matter.”