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Last week, Alabama freshman hoops star Brandon Miller dropped 41 points in an overtime win at South Carolina. In total, he scored 65 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while leading his team to two wins.
But he didn’t receive SEC Player of the Week or Freshman of the Week accolades. Instead, those went to Kentucky big man Oscar Tshiebwe and Arkansas freshman Nick Smith, Jr.
And some fans weren’t happy about it.
Of course, this apparent snub has a lot to do with Miller’s activities off the court.
OutKick has covered his story extensively since the beginning.
To recap: The 6-foot-9 freshman allegedly delivered a gun to former Alabama player Darius Miles, who then gave the gun to Michael Davis. Davis allegedly murdered a woman named Jamea Harris with the gun Jan. 15.
Miller also fed the controversy last week during the player introductions when another player jokingly frisked and patted him down.
Alabama hoops coach Nate Oats said the “frisking” introduction has been done all year.
“Regardless, it’s not appropriate,” he said. “It’s been addressed. And I can assure you, it definitely will not happen again for the remainder of this year.”
Thus far, Alabama’s public relations staff has dropped the ball in its handling of the situation. And Crimson Tide fans have to jumped to Miller’s defense with excuses like, “He’s just a kid.”
But he’s not — he’s 20 years old. And while he isn’t accused of breaking a law, there has to be accountability for his actions.
But it feels like Alabama and the SEC are looking to sweep this one under the rug. At least until the NCAA Tournament is over.
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A kid I knew when he was 5 years old died in Afghanistan on Veterans Day, 2011 at AGE 20. According to the people at the University of Alabama, Cody Norris of La Porte, TX was just a kid and not a hero who gave his life heroically while on an interdiction patrol in Afghanistan.