Brandon Miller (left, with coach Nate Oats) did himself no favors with his cheeky pregame ritual.

Brandon Miller (left, with coach Nate Oats) did himself no favors along with his cheeky pregame ritual.
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In the age of social media, we see individuals misbehaving and exhibiting an egregious lack of self-awareness on daily basis. Alabama males’s basketball standout Brandon Miller is the most recent athlete to indicate the world simply how tone-deaf one particular person could be. During Saturday’s pregame introduction in opposition to Arkansas, Miller selected to go ahead with a “pat-down” entrance as he was introduced to the gang.

For those that aren’t conscious, Miller is at present underneath investigation for his half within the Jan. 15 homicide of Jamea Harris on the Crimson Tide campus. Former teammate Darius Miles and good friend Michael Davis are dealing with capital homicide fees from the alleged taking pictures. Miller was discovered to have supplied the gun, which belonged to Miles, and was left within the former’s automotive after receiving a textual content message about an incident on campus grounds. Miller and a teammate have been performing this introductory “patdown” all season, however persevering with on with the ritual now — as his title is so intently related to a deadly confrontation — is horrible optics.

So with this data now publicly identified, watching Miller’s apparently blatant disrespect for the scenario leads one to imagine he doesn’t care in regards to the sufferer or the seriousness of the authorized proceedings. The indisputable fact that he’s completed this intro all through the season is not any excuse for his failure to learn the room. Considering all that’s taking place round him, the truth that Miller is allowed to play is kind of surprising.

You’d assume a younger man underneath a lot scrutiny together with the University would need to name much less consideration to himself and his present authorized scenario. This is a kind of instances when a younger man ought to simply play basketball and depart all these theatrics alone. Of all of the introductions out there, Miller selected to carry out this one whereas underneath investigation for supplying a firearm allegedly used to kill a younger lady.

Following Bama’s 86-83 win over Arkansas, head coach Nate Oates claimed ignorance to his data of Miller’s intro however mentioned it received’t proceed. This whole case has been mishandled by Alabama and the NCAA from the beginning. Before NIL, every time a student-athlete was even alleged to have taken cash or items from anybody, the NCAA was throughout it, particularly in basketball and soccer. But they need to wash their fingers of a scenario when one thing severe occurs.

Players have been punished for accepting a free meal, as Dez Bryant was in 2009 at Oklahoma State after dinner with Deion Sanders. Former Utah Utes males’s basketball coach Rick Majerus was reprimanded for the same violation as a result of he purchased pizza for his gamers after practices and movie classes and paid for it himself. This is the kind of trivial matter the NCAA likes to interject themselves into, but it sits again as a deadly taking pictures lurks within the background, one which has already seen a member of the crew, Darius Miles, dismissed and indicted on capital homicide fees.


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