Brandon Miller continues to play for the University of Alabama basketball team despite the latest revelation about the shooting death of a woman last month.
Reports now say that Miller was driving a vehicle that had the alleged murder weapon inside and that he handed the weapon, which allegedly belonged to his former teammate Darius Miles, to Miles. Miles allegedly handed it over to Michael Davis.
Miles and Davis are charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jamea Harris, and police have said they will not charge Miller. Because Miller is in no legal trouble, university officials maintain they have done nothing wrong by allowing her to play the freshman phenom.
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«We’ve been taking it very seriously since day one. The first minute I got the information, I called [athletic director] greg [Byrne]and we talked about that and its severity,» head coach Nate Oats said at a news conference. «Greg, I thought, did a great job addressing those comments on Wednesday, and I really don’t have much to add. he.
«We feel like we’ve done the right thing in this case. So I’ll leave it at that with Greg’s comments.»
The decision to allow Miller to play has received backlash from the media and Harris’s parents.
“It’s just unimaginable, and it’s like her life goes on,” her mother, DeCarla Cotton, told USA Today Sports on Thursday. She “she” He paused briefly and did not stop. It’s like, ‘OK, pat yourself on the wrist and go play ball. They’re worried about her career, but what about [my five-year-old grandson, Kaine]. He is the real victim in all of this. He will no longer have a mother influencing his growth and who he will be.»
Miles allegedly admitted to giving the gun to Davis, and Miles told authorities that Davis fired the gun.
In his first game since news of his involvement, Miller heard chants of «lock him up» from South Carolina fans, and he responded by scoring 41 points in a 78-76 overtime road win, including the game-winner. of the game.
Miller’s attorney, Jim Standridge, said Miller never saw the gun because it was covered in the car, nor did he give it to Davis.
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«On January 14, Brandon played in an afternoon basketball game and then Darius Miles asked him to drive him to the Strip for a nightclub.» the statement saidvia Tuscaloosa Patch.
«Mr. Miles brought his legal handgun and left it in the backseat of Brandon’s vehicle. Brandon never saw the gun or touched it. Also, we understand the gun was hidden under some clothing in the backseat of his car. «.
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The statement also said that Miller never interacted with Harris or Davis.