Nate Oats reflects on handling of Brandon Miller situation: 'We’ve been taking it very seriously'
Nate Oats took some time on Friday to reflect on how he and the Alabama program have handled the Brandon Miller situation this week.
Oats ahead of Saturday’s game against Arkansas, Oats reflected on the mental state of his players.
“I think they’re doing a great job just understanding that we’re still focused on the task at hand while still understanding how tragic and serious the situation is,” he said.
Miller was mentioned in testimony by an investigator during Tuesday’s capital murder trial. Miller, who according to his attorney was on his way to pick up Miles from the Tuscaloosa strip, received a text from Darius Miles asking for his gun, which was in the back of Miller’s 2022 Dodge Charger. That weapon was eventually fired by Davis and killed a woman Jamea Jonae Harris, 23.
Oats was asked about people outside of the program calling for Alabama to punish Miller.
“We’ve been taking it very seriously since day one,” Oats said, per AL.com. “The first minute I got the information, I called Greg (Bryne) and we talked about it, have known the severity of it. Greg, I thought, did a great job addressing those comments on Wednesday. I don’t really have much else to add to it. I feel like we’ve done the right thing in this case. I’m gonna leave it at that.”
Oats shared that the team has met with university crisis management officials and counselors since the incident happened on Jan. 15.
“It’s a sad situation but our players responding to people in other arenas doesn’t help the situation out at all,” Oats said. “So I think the team is doing a great job doing what we’re asking them do. We’re asking them to stay focused on basketball.”
“I think they’re doing a great job just understanding that we’re still focused on the task at hand while still understanding how tragic and serious the situation is.” – Alabama Head Coach Nate Oats when asked about his team’s mental state pic.twitter.com/Jd6IRfw9Up
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