Alabama basketball has been under scrutiny following an incident involving the murder of 23-year-old Jonea Davis in Tuscaloosa earlier this year. Former Crimson Tide basketball player Darius Miles has been charged with murder in the shooting, and star player Brandon Miller was allegedly at the scene of the crime at some point in the night, though details are murky and he appears to be in no legal jeopardy.
But, controversy erupted when Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats said that Brandon Miller was simply “at the wrong spot at the wrong time”
Here is his full quote.
“We knew about that. Can’t control everything anybody 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.”
And, on Thursday, news broke that Tony Mitchell, a star Alabama football recruit, had been arrested on drug charges related to Marijuana.
The police report from Tony Mitchell’s arrest states that the freshman DB was evading police at 141 mph before being stopped.
Over 220g of marijuana and $7000 in cash was found in the Charger.
Mitchell is being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. pic.twitter.com/4Lh0KyxjSt
— Sidelines – Bama (@SSN_Alabama) March 21, 2023
That’s a lot of marijuana, to say the least. And, according to reports, he was also traveling at a high rate of speed evading police.
Nick Saban immediately suspended Mitchell, a highly-touted safety who had enrolled early at the school and is a member of the class of 2023. And, he took a shot at Oats at the same time, by saying there is no such thing as “wrong place at the wrong time.”
Nick Saban announces defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended following the freshman’s recent arrest.
Mitchell was a 5-star prospect in the 2023 class.
“There’s no such thing as the wrong place at the wrong time.” 👀 pic.twitter.com/bbXn1Q4dcc
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) March 20, 2023
Who knows if this will start a feud between the two Alabama coaches?
Alabama plays at 6:30 PM on Friday night in the Sweet Sixteen against San Diego State.