Nate Oats says Missouri fans were removed after 'inappropriate' comments regarding Darius Miles
In Alabama’s 85-64 win over Missouri on Saturday, Tide head coach Nate Oats said he heard inappropriate comments coming from the student section inside Mizzou Arena regarding Darius Miles.
The former Alabama basketball player is one of two men charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jamea Jonae Harris last Sunday. Miles is being held without bond ahead of a probable cause hearing that has been set for Feb. 7. Miles was quickly dismissed from the basketball team after appearing in 53 games over 3 seasons.
Oats felt a line was crossed by some in the student section, but he also commended Missouri head coach Dennis Gates and the MU administration for how they handled the situation, per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, saying “they got them outta there.”
Nate Oats says he heard some comments from the Mizzou student section about the Darius Miles situation. "But they got them outta there." He credited Dennis Gates & Mizzou's administration.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 22, 2023
Nate Oats said he heard some inappropriate comments re: Darius Miles situation from the Mizzou student section, but didn't want to address it. Says they got offender out, praised Dennis Gates and MU administration. Says sometimes college students don't understand severity.
— Matt Stahl (@mattstahl97) January 22, 2023
Oats said prior to the game on Saturday he warned his team opposing crowds could bring up the situation.
“This isn’t something students should be joking about,” he said then, per AL.com’s Mike Rodak. “We have addressed it with our guys, and I hope the different schools we go to, the leadership there is making sure that they’ve got that under control, as well.”
The 4th-ranked Crimson Tide return home to host Mississippi State next Wednesday, Jan. 25. They head back out onto the road next Saturday, Jan. 28, to face Oklahoma in Norman.