'You Can't Control Everything Everybody Does Outside Of Practice' - Nate Oats On Brandon Miller’s Potential Involvement In A Tuscaloosa Murder
Remember when Alabama basketball player Darius Miles was arrested for murder last month? Well that story has taken a wild turn.
According to AL.com, Bama's standout freshman Brandon Miller was the one who actually supplied the gun that was used in the killing.
AL.com — Alabama’s freshman basketball standout Brandon Miller brought the gun used on the Tuscaloosa strip killing of a woman that led to capital murder charges for his now former teammate Darius Miles and 20-year-old Michael “Buzz” Davis, according to law enforcement testimony today.
Miles contacted Miller and asked him to bring his gun to where they were, according to police.
When Miller got to the scene, Miles told Davis, “The heat is in the hat.” Det. Branden Culpepper said that meant a gun was present.
Miles added, “There’s one in the head.” That, Culpepper said, meant a round was in the chamber.
Miller’s windshield was struck twice by gunfire in the shooting, police testified. Another Alabama basketball player, Jaden Bradley, was also at the scene of the shooting, according to testimony.
This seems like a pretty big revelation and what I would have thought was definitely a crime, but apparently everything is fine, according to the Tuscaloosa district attorney.
Asked by AL.com why Miller was not charged, Tuscaloosa chief deputy D.A. Paula Whitley said, “That’s not a question I can answer. There’s nothing we could charge him with,’' according to the law, she said.
Ummmm what? He was at the scene of the murder and reportedly brought the gun that was used and he's in the clear? What am I missing?
Put all that aside for just one second, though, because none of that is even the most insane part of this story. Let me show y'all what Nate Oats had to say about this situation.
Alabama coach Nate Oats said Tuesday that Miller is “not in any trouble” as a result of his alleged involvement.
“We knew about that. Can’t control everything everybody 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 said.
"Oh, the murder? Yeah, we knew Brandon was involved in that. What are you gonna do, you know? Kids these days."
I had to quadruple-check that this was a real story and that was an actual quote. It's literally unbelievable. "Wrong spot at the wrong time"?!?! Call me crazy, Nate, but I'd say being at the scene of a murder being committed by your pals who just asked you to bring a gun is about as wrong spot and wrong time as it gets!
Even for a guy who brought in Ray Lewis to talk to his team following the murder because he "went through a similar situation," this is an unreal quote. I've read it 25 times and I still can't believe it.
If Oats takes the stand during this trial, he may give some of the most unreal testimony ever put on record.