Charles Barkley Shares How Alabama Should Have Handled The Brandon Miller Situation, Says State Is 'Behind The Times'

Charles Barkley, like most folks out there who don't bleed Crimson, believes Alabama's Brandon Miller should have been punished for his involvement in the killing of 23-year-old mother Jamea Jonea Harris.

Miller, the leading scorer for Alabama, admitted to bringing the gun his now-former teammate Darius Miles gave to Michael Davis to fire the deadly shots that killed Harris, according to court records. Miles and Michael 'Buzz' Davis are facing capital murder charges, while Harris has not faced any discipline at all from law enforcement or the university.

The NBA legend recently shared his thoughts on the situation with

“You wake up one morning and you’re having a good life, then a woman gets killed and you’re probably going to jail for the rest of your life,” the NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst said of Miles, specifically. “One bad decision and lives are lost.”


Tuscaloosa chief deputy D.A. Paula Whitley explained that “there’s nothing we could charge him with” when asked why Miller had not been charged with anything.

Barkley doesn't agree with Miller not facing any sort of punishment following the situation.

“He should have been given a timeout to learn decisions have consequences,” Barkley explained. “He’s lucky Alabama is behind the times. In 49 other states, he probably would have been charged with a crime.”

While the Tide has continued to whether the storm despite the drama surrounding the program, Barkley believes it will catch up to them when it matters the most.

In mid-January, Barkley called the Crimson Tide the best team in the nation and felt as if they would make a run at a NCAA title.

Now, since the recent events, unnecessary distraction and backlash from media across the country, the NBA legend feels like it's only a matter of time before it all crashes down on Alabama's postseason aspirations.

“I don’t think they can get it back,” the former Auburn star said.

According to, Alabama law states someone can be found guilty of being an accessory to a crime only if they assist another “with the intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense.”

In his first game following the news of him transporting the gun, Miller scored a career-high 41 points against South Carolina. He has played in every game since the report, but Barkley believes the pressure is getting to him and the Tide.

“I think the pressure is getting to him. Everybody’s talking about and he’s got to hear it. The pressure’s only going to get worse. A--hole fans will be on him."

Miller and the Tide play their first game of the SEC Tournament on Friday against Mississippi State in Nashville.

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Mark covers all sports at OutKick while keeping a close eye on the world of professional golf. He graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga before earning his master's degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee. He somehow survived living in Knoxville despite ‘Rocky Top’ being his least favorite song ever written. Before joining OutKick, he wrote for various outlets including SB Nation, The Spun, and BroBible. Mark was also a writer for the Chicago Cubs Double-A affiliate in 2016 when the team won the World Series. He's still waiting for his championship ring to arrive. Follow him on Twitter @itismarkharris.