Alabama head coach Nate Oats Alabama head coach Nate Oats put his hand on his forehead after the Volunteers scored during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Alabama Crimson Tide held at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. Kns Vols Bama Hoops

At former Alabama Crimson Tide player Darius Miles’ capital murder hearing on Tuesday, police officers testified that star freshman Brandon Miller brought Miles the gun that defendant Michael Davis allegedly used to kill Jamea Harris. Head coach Nate Oats tried to downplay that shocking allegation when asked by reporters.

“We’ve known the situation since [it happened],” Oats said. “We’ve been fully cooperating with law enforcement the entire time. The whole situation is sad. The team closed practice with a prayer for the situation today, knowing that we had this trial today. We think of Jamea and her family, Kaine. Really think about her son, Kaine, that was left behind. So it’s sad.

“We knew about that. Can’t control everything anybody does outside of practice. Nobody knew that was going to happen. College kids are out, Brandon hasn’t been in any type of trouble nor is he in any type of trouble in this case. Wrong spot at the wrong time.”

Oats is talking about one of his star players giving his gun to another person as if he were talking about players getting caught going out to the party. Furthermore, the question of why Miller has a gun in the first place also goes unanswered as Oats tries to change the subject.

“Wrong spot at the wrong time” is what you say when you’re involved in a fender-bender, not when you bring a gun to an alleged murder site.

The whole quote shocked a lot of people around the college basketball world.

Tuscaloosa chief deputy D.A. Paula Whitley told that Miller wasn’t charged because “There’s nothing we could charge with him according to the law.”


About Sean Keeley

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