While playing successful South Carolina, Brandon Miller was deed pinch "Lock him up" chants amid his nexus to a deadly shooting successful January.
Now that nan Alabama Crimson Tide are backmost home, Miller is being showered pinch support.
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Brandon Miller, #24 of nan Alabama Crimson Tide, flies to nan handbasket for a slam-dunk during nan 2nd half against nan Florida Gators astatine Coleman Coliseum connected February 8, 2023, successful Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images.)
Upon coming onto nan tribunal for warmups earlier Bama's crippled against Arkansas, nan Crimson Tide student conception gave nan freshman phenom a opinionated ovation.
Miller besides received an ovation from nan afloat crowd upon warmups.
It's been revealed that Miller transported, though allegedly ne'er handled, nan execution limb to his ex-teammate Darius Miles, who legally owned nan weapon and gave it to Michael Davis. Miles and Davis person some been charged pinch superior murder, while constabulary person said location is thing they tin complaint Miller with.
"On January 14th, Brandon played successful a hoops crippled successful nan day and later was asked by Darius Miles for a thrust to nan Strip area to spell to a nightclub," Miller's attorney, Jim Standridge said in a statement, via nan Tuscaloosa Patch. "Mr. Miles brought his ineligible handgun and near it successful nan backseat of Brandon’s vehicle. Brandon ne'er saw nan handgun nor handled it. Further, it is our knowing that nan limb was concealed nether immoderate clothing successful nan backseat of his car."
Brandon Miller, #24 of nan Alabama Crimson Tide, aft defeating nan Auburn Tigers astatine Neville Arena connected February 11, 2023, successful Auburn, Alabama. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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The connection besides said that Miller ne'er met pinch Davis aliases Janae Harris, nan female who was killed.
Despite nan latest news, Miller has continued to play, a determination that head coach Nate Oats has consistently defended, arsenic Miller is not successful immoderate ineligible trouble.
"We've been taking it very earnestly from time one. The first infinitesimal that I sewage nan information, I called [athletic director] Greg [Byrne], and we talked astir it and nan severity of it," Oats said astatine a news convention connected Friday. "Greg, I thought, did a awesome occupation addressing those comments connected Wednesday, and I really don't person overmuch to adhd to it.
"We consciousness for illustration we've done nan correct point successful this case. So I'm going to time off it astatine that pinch Greg's comments."
Head coach Nate Oats gives coaching proposal to Brandon Miller, #24 of nan Alabama Crimson Tide, during a first play clip retired against nan LSU Tigers astatine Coleman Coliseum connected January 14, 2023, successful Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images)
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Against South Carolina, contempt nan rowdy crowd, Miller dropped 41 points, including nan game-winner, successful a 78-76 overtime victory. He is apt to beryllium a top-five prime successful this summer's NBA Draft and could moreover spell successful nan apical three.