Nate Oats and the University of Alabama basketball team find themselves in controversy this season. While the nation’s second-ranked team is excelling on the court, issues outside of the game are putting a black eye on the program.
In January, fourth year player Darius Miles was charged with murder in the killing of a 23-year-old mother. Now, new details in the case link another star player to the shooting.
Miles, the owner of the murder weapon, was originally believed by investigators to have given shooter Michael Lynn Davis his gun. Davis was also charged with murder.
Security video of the incident show that at least 11 shots were fired in the fatal shooting, which led to the death of Jamea Jonae Harris.
After learning of the killing, head coach Nate Oats reached out to a number of people as a way of seeking advice and guidance. One of those calls was made to former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.
Here’s more on that conversation from the Tuscaloosa News.
“Talked to Ray Lewis,” Oats said on the pregame radio broadcast. “His daughter went to Alabama a year-and-a-half ago. He’s been through a similar situation in Atlanta when he played in the NFL. Just told me what he thought guys needed to hear.”
“Just thought he has been through a tragic situation,” Oats said. “One of the more mentally tough athletes in my time.”
The advice Lewis offered to Oats was to share scripture from the Bible with the players and pray with them.
Many remember that Ray Lewis was involved in a similar situation back in 2000 when he was charged with double murder after two men were stabbed to death outside of a Super Bowl party. The charges were later dropped, though the linebacker did plead guilty to obstruction of justice.
Fans look back at that Ray Lewis-Nate Oats talk as new details in the Alabama case emerge.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Tide’s top player, Brandon Miller, was involved in the incident as he brought the murder weapon to the scene.
Miller has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but fans were still upset with Nate Oats’ response to the situation.
“He was just in the wrong spot at the wrong time.”
As new details continue to emerge, many are looking back on that original conversation with Ray Lewis. Here’s what they had to say online.
Ray Lewis told them https://t.co/x1NL7iRcGL pic.twitter.com/hhicdzT2OB
— Alex 👋 (@Dubs408) February 21, 2023
Wait WHAT? Who goes to RAY LEWIS to get advice on your player(s) potentially being charged with murder? https://t.co/UsPiUuo48E
— Lisa Marie (@LisaMarie) February 21, 2023
maybe people should have asked more questions about how when a player on his team killed someone this season, the person that nate oats brought in to speak to the team was ray lewis
— The Smoking Musket (@smokingmusket) February 21, 2023
Now we know why Nate Oats sought advice from Ray Lewis.
— BH (@6pintsofkramer) February 21, 2023
That call is coming back to bite Nate Oats.