On Wednesday, Alabama Crimson Tide forward Brandon Miller took the court during their game against South Carolina, despite cops testifying that he was the one who brought the gun that was used in the killing of a woman in Tuscaloosa last month.
James Harris, a 23-year-old mother, was killed on January 15th via firearm. According to the police report, the basketball player allegedly delivered the gun that was used to kill her to fellow Alabama player Darius Miles. Michael Davis went on to kill Harris using the firearm that Miles received from his teammate.
Miller’s legal team released a statement that detailed their client going to pick up Miles while there happened to be a firearm in the car. Yet, the basketball player insists he “never touched the gun, was not involved in its exchange to Mr. Davis in any way, and never knew that illegal activity involving the gun would occur.”
Although Miles and Davis face capital murder charges, Tuscaloosa chief assistant district attorney Paula Whitley reported there was nothing Miller could be charged with.
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The following day after the basketball star was reported to be involved in the incident, Miller scored a career-high 41 points and the game-winning shot in Alabama’s overtime victory. “Brandon hasn’t been in any type of trouble, nor is he in any type of trouble in this case. Wrong spot at the wrong time,” Alabama head coach Nate Oats said of his player in relation to the death of Harris.
Parent of Jamea Harris speaks out against Brandon Miller
However, many feel he has not received an adequate punishment for his involvement in the murder, including the parents of James Harris.
“It’s just unimaginable, and it’s like his life is just going on,’’ DeCarla Cotton, mother of the victim, told USA Today Sports on Thursday. “He took a brief pause, and it didn’t stop. It’s like, OK, slap on the wrist and go play ball.”
“They’re worried about his career, but what about this 5-year-old boy (Harris’ son, Kaine). He’s the true victim in all this. He won’t have a mother anymore to influence his growing up and who he’s going to be,” she continued.
Cotton proceeded to point out that Miller should’ve understood that possessing a gun leads to the possibility of violence. And, had he not had the gun, her daughter would still be alive. “When somebody says bring a gun to them, what do you think they’re going to do with it?’’ she said. “And if there was no gun, she would not be dead.’’
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