Alabama males’s basketball coach Nate Oats has vowed that Brandon Miller’s controversial pregame pat-down ritual received’t occur once more, however that has not prompted the standout freshman from eradicating the imagery from his social media.
Miller, 20, was recognized this week in police testimony because the one who transported the gun belonging to ex-teammate Darius Miles that was used within the January killing of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris.
Miller’s lawyer has stated that he was unaware on the time that he was in possession of the handgun, which has cleared the best way for Alabama to permit him to proceed enjoying for the Crimson Tide.
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In his first recreation again since being named in police testimony, Miller scored a career-high of 41 factors in Alabama’s extra time victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night time. In his first house recreation on Saturday, Miller obtained a standing ovation.
But the freshman star created controversy elsewhere when he continued a pregame ritual of getting patted down by a teammate after being introduced for the beginning lineup.
Oats, who has defended the college’s choice to permit Miller to proceed enjoying, addressed the problem after the sport and stated it was one thing that has beforehand been completed all through the season, however that it received’t proceed in gentle of the taking pictures.
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“I think that’s something that’s been going on all year. I don’t really know. I don’t watch our introductions, I’m not involved with them. I’m drawing up plays during that time. Regardless, it’s not appropriate, it’s been addressed and I can assure you it definitely will not happen again the remainder of this year.”
While Oats has taken a powerful stance towards the introduction, Miller nonetheless has a picture of it displayed on his social media.
The banner picture on Miller’s Twitter as of Sunday morning is that of the pat-down introduction. It was not instantly clear when Miller made the image his banner picture, but it surely has not been modified because the controversy on Saturday night time.
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Miller’s lawyer, Jim Standridge, launched an announcement earlier this week that stated Miller “never saw the handgun” that was hid behind his automotive and was already on his option to Miles when he obtained a textual content from him in regards to the firearm.
“Brandon does not own a firearm and has never even handled a firearm,” the assertion learn. “Moreover, he had no knowledge of any attempt to use any weapon.”