The Alabama Crimson Tide just earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
But sadly for the Tide, they’ve been in the news far more than they’d like for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball.
Junior Darius Miles, who has since been kicked off the team, was indicted on charges of capital murder after the shooting of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris.
But the story only begins there.
Star player Brandon Miller, who is a project top-five pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, was also present at the scene. In fact, Miller reportedly brought the gun to Miles prior to the shooting.
He was not charged by police. The gun was Miles’ property and police state Miller did not deliver the gun back to him with knowledge of impending shooting.
But Miller and teammate Jaden Bradley were in a nearby car at the time of the shooting. Two bullets struck the windshield of the car, though neither player was hurt.
New Alabama Player Reportedly At The Scene Of Deadly Shooting
Now the New York Times reports that yet another player was present at the time of the shooting.
“In another car that was struck were Brandon Miller, a star player for the Crimson Tide, and Kai Spears, a freshman walk-on whose presence at the scene had not been previous reported,” the story said.
Alabama quickly spoke out against the story.
“Your story is inaccurate. Based on the information we have, there were no current student-athletes present at the scene other than Brandon Miller and Jaden Bradley, who are both fully cooperating witnesses. From the outset, UA Athletics has fully cooperated with law enforcement and supported their investigation,” a statement read.
Alabama athletics has since issued the following statement to the New York Times: “Your story is inaccurate. Based on the information we have, there were no current student-athletes present at the scene other than Brandon Miller and Jaden Bradley, who are both fully cooperating… https://t.co/urMmcQLlv8
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) March 16, 2023
Alabama begins its NCAA Tournament run on Thursday afternoon against 16th-seeded Texas A&M Corpus-Christie. The Crimson Tide enters that game as a 24-point favorite.