While playing at South Carolina, Brandon Miller was hit with chants of «Lock him up» amid his link to a deadly shooting in January.
Now that the Alabama Crimson Tide is back at home, Miller is getting a shower of support.
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Arriving on the court for warmups before Bama’s game against Arkansas, the Crimson Tide student section gave the freshman phenom a standing ovation.
Miller also received a standing ovation from the crowd in warmups.
It has been revealed that Miller transported, though allegedly never handled, the murder weapon to his former teammate Darius Miles, who legally owned the weapon and gave it to Michael Davis. Miles and Davis have been charged with capital murder, while police have said there is nothing they can charge Miller with.
«On January 14, Brandon played in an afternoon basketball game and then Darius Miles asked him to drive him to the Strip area to go to a nightclub,» Miller’s attorney, Jim Standridge, said. in a sentence, via Tuscaloosa Patch. «Mr. Miles brought his legal handgun and left it in the backseat of Brandon’s vehicle. Brandon never saw the gun or handled it. Additionally, we understand the gun was concealed under some clothing in the backseat of his car. «.
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The statement also said that Miller never met with Davis or Janae Harris, the woman who was killed.
Despite the latest news, Miller has continued to play, a decision head coach Nate Oats has consistently defended, as Miller is not in any legal trouble.
«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,» Oats said at a news conference on Friday. «Greg, I thought, did a great job addressing those comments on Wednesday, and I really don’t have much to add.»
«We feel like we’ve done the right thing in this case. So I’ll leave it at that with Greg’s comments.»
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Against South Carolina, despite the raucous crowd, Miller scored 41 points, including the game-winner, in a 78-76 overtime win. He’s likely to be a top-five pick in this summer’s NBA Draft and could even be in the top three.