Nate Oats on Missouri students reacting to Darius Miles murder charge: 'They got him out of there'

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

According to Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats, the Missouri student section overall handled the situation fine in the aftermath of Alabama basketball player Darius Miles being charged with capital murder, but there were some inappropriate comments.

"But I don’t need to address it," Oats said. "They got him out of there. For the most part ... look coach (Dennis) Gates is great, the administration here is great. Sometimes college students don’t understand the severity of things. For the most part it was fine.”

Miles was a member of the Crimson Tide basketball team for the past three season until this past Sunday when he was arrested and charged with capital murder alongside Michael Lynn Davis. Both were jailed without bond after the events that led to the shooting death of Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, near The Strip in the early hours of Sunday morning. Court documents revealed the firearm belonged to Miles but Davis is believed by investigators to have been the one to fire the bullet.

The game against Missouri, which Alabama won 85-64 on Saturday, was the second for the No. 4 Crimson Tide (17-2, 7-0 SEC) since Sunday. Oats said Friday there weren't any issues with student fans saying derogatory things to players about the charges against Miles in the Vanderbilt game on Tuesday.

"If people want to be ignorant and say things that are completely out of line ... this isn't a case where somebody got in some light trouble," Oats said Friday. "These are serious matters. There is a 5-year-old that doesn't have a mother anymore. This is not, to me, something students should be joking about. If somebody does happen to say something, I told our guys 'You've got to be strong enough, tough enough, to just say we're here to play basketball.'"

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