Birmingham, Ala. — Alabama heads to Birmingham for its first-round NCAA tournament matchup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which comes with a new set of safety precautions and routines.
One of the extras is a bodyguard for Brandon Miller who stood to the side during the media availability at Legacy Arena.
“I think we always travel with safety,” said Brandon Miller. “That’s all I’m going to say on that.”
Miller has been in the spotlight ever since his name was included in a capital murder court hearing involving former teammate Darius Miles and his friend Michael Davis. While he hasn’t been suspended by the team or faced any discipline from UA, he has received a fair share of criticism from the media and opposing fans for finishing the season.
His involvement in the murder of Jamia Harris has seen a steady increase in backlash off the court, prompting the need for additional security, according to Alabama head coach Nate Oates. Did.
Oates said, “If you guys saw what I saw, I sent it.” “I think you’ll understand why. I don’t want to get into all that. As you know the whole situation is a heartbreaking one in all respects. But some of the messages are from people who sit back Can.” Fake email address but who knows if its real or not. This is something that no one would ever want.
“Nobody would ever want their son, I treat my players like my sons – I don’t have a son, I have three daughters – I put myself in the place of his parents. Our administration has seen That’s what I’ve seen, and it’s not something a college kid has to go through.”
With two games potentially in Birmingham, the noise on the court may seem to have calmed down a bit, but questions about whether Miller should still be with the team have grown since January. Despite the outcry, the freshman continues to rely on his teammates to help him manage situations off the court.
Miller said, “Like I said before, I really count on my teammates. They’re like a family away from home to me.” outside the court. Just knowing that plays a big part in our success on the court.