NY Times to ‘correct’ report of Alabama player at deadly shooting after team staffer’s admission

Just days after Alabama’s Kai Spears filed a lawsuit towards The New York Times for reporting he was at a lethal capturing with teammates, his identify is perhaps cleared.

A member of the Alabama males’s basketball workforce employees admitted to the outlet that he, not Spears, was there.

“I can confirm that I was the passenger in Brandon Miller’s car at the time of the shooting,” Cooper Lee, 21, wrote in an electronic mail to the Times.


Alabama basketball

A basketball with the Alabama brand displayed throughout a recreation at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jan. 14, 2023. (Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated by way of Getty Images)

The lawsuit additionally says Lee was the passenger in Brandon Miller’s automotive the morning of Jan. 15.

An earlier report mentioned Spears was on the web site of the deadly capturing with teammates Miller, Darius Miles and Jaden Bradley. Michael Davis allegedly fired the shot that killed 23-year-old Jamea Harris.

“I was not anywhere near the scene or vicinity at the time that took place,” Spears informed The Washington Post, which reported concerning the lawsuit Wednesday. “I don’t think it is a mistaken identity. I just think they didn’t do their due diligence.”

Kai Spears

Alabama guard Kai Spears protests a foul name towards the Crimson Tide throughout a recreation towards the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 15, 2023. (Kns Vols Bama Hoops)

With the brand new data relating to the capturing, the Times says it’ll “correct its coverage.”

“We have a longstanding policy of correcting errors,” Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha mentioned in a press release. “Based on information in the affidavit and new reporting by our newsroom, we believe our original story was not accurate and plan to append an editor’s note to the story.”

Miller, a possible prime 5 choose within the upcoming NBA Draft, was enveloped in controversy the rest of the season after the capturing as a result of he was not charged nor was he punished by the varsity. However, his automotive was hit by stray bullets.

Brandon Miller in tournament

Brandon Miller of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts through the first half towards the Maryland Terrapins within the second spherical of the NCAA Tournament at Legacy Arena on the BJCC March 18, 2023, in Birmingham, Ala.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


Bradley was not charged both. Miles and Davis have been each charged with capital homicide.

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