After Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball coach Nate Oats vowed that Brandon Miller would not perform his controversial pat-down ritual again, it appears the freshman standout has made some changes to his social media account.
Miller’s previous Twitter banner featured his pregame ritual, which involves walking in during introductions and being frisked by a teammate. Ever since it broke out that he was connected to a shooting near campus involving his former teammate Darius Miles and 20-year-old Michael «Buzz» Davis, that pregame ritual hasn’t gone down well with the public.
Miller has now changed his Twitter bio to a drawing of himself wearing an Alabama jersey that says «BLESSED» on the front.
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Fox News Digital sent Alabama several emails, including one asking about the timing of the change to Miller’s social media account and whether the school asked him to make the change, but received no response.
Police identified Miller, 20, as the person who transported the gun belonging to Miles that was used in the January slaying of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris.
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Miller’s attorney, Jim Standridge, said his client was unaware at the time that he was in possession of the gun, which has cleared the way for Alabama to allow him to continue playing. Standridge issued a statement saying Miller «never saw the gun» when he drove to meet Miles and Davis.
«Brandon does not own a firearm and has never handled a firearm,» the statement read. «Furthermore, he was not aware of any attempt to use any weapons.»
But since police testimony revealed Miller’s involvement, the Crimson Tide has received backlash from many who believe Miller should not be allowed to dress up every night.
As for his pregame ritual, it’s something that’s been going on all season, but this development doesn’t make it look good.
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«I think it’s something that’s been going on all year. I really don’t know,» Oats said. «I don’t watch our pitches, I’m not involved with them. I’m making plays during that time. It’s not appropriate anyway, it’s been addressed and I can assure you it definitely won’t happen again for the rest of this year.»
In his first game since being named on the case, where Davis and Miles face capital murder charges, Miller heard chants of «lock him up» coming from the opposing South Carolina Gamecocks crowd. Miller ended up losing a career-high 41 points, including the game-winning shot, to the Crimson Tide.
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One of the projected top five picks in the 2023 NBA Draft, Miller is Alabama’s leading scorer as they aim to clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament in the coming weeks.
Fox News’ Paullina Dedaj contributed to this report.