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Social Media Reacts to Alabama’s Brandon Miller, Nate Oats Controversy

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Alabama Basketball’s Brandon Miller. Photo via Alabama Basketball (@AlabamaMBB) on Twitter.

Some shocking news was revealed to the public on Monday in the continued developing legal story out of the Alabama men’s basketball program.

Alabama’s star freshman Brandon Miller was the individual responsible for bringing the gun to teammate Darius Miles that was used in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris in January.

According to ESPN, Miles texted Miller requesting that his gun be brought to him, and Miller followed through on the request, bringing the gun to the scene via car. Miller is averaging 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Crimson Tide and is widely projected as a high first-round NBA draft pick.

On Monday afternoon, Alabama head coach Nate Oats spoke with the media and provided a comment on Miller’s situation. Oats’ comments, though, did not go over well with the public.

“We knew about that,” Oats said regarding Miller’s involvement with the situation. “Can’t control everything anybody does outside of practice. Nobody knew that this was going to happen. College kids are out. 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.”

Oats’ statements on Miller’s involvement were so tone-deaf and faulty that the program had to release a follow-up statement just a few hours later.

“In no way did I intend to downplay the seriousness of this situation or the tragedy of that night,” Oats said in the statement. “My prayers continue to go out to Jamea Harris’s family.”

Miller has not served any sort of suspension or had any discipline given out publicly since the incident.

More from RTI: Alabama Basketball Star Brandon Miller Brought Gun To Teammate In Fatal January Shooting

Here are some of the reactions from around the world of social media on Monday and Tuesday:

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