Amidst arguably the greatest season in Alabama basketball history, the major headline exiting the weekend involved a player that has hardly seen the court all season.
Junior forward Darius Miles joined the Crimson Tide in 2020 as a four-star recruit and had remained on the team until Sunday. The incident took place early Sunday morning resulting in a 23-year-old victim, Jamea Jonae Harris. They pronounced her dead at the scene.
“We are grateful for the quick and thorough response of law enforcement and emergency response teams, and we will continue to fully support the ongoing investigation. “We were made aware of the recent charge against student-athlete Darius Miles; he has been removed from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team,” released by the University of Alabama in a statement Sunday.
20-year-old Michael Lynn Davis, not affiliated with the basketball team is the other suspect in the shooting. Police believe there wasn’t a lot that led to the incident.
“At this time, it appears that the only motive was a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim as they were out on The Strip,” said Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy.
Kennedy explained that the driver of a vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached police near Bryant-Denny Stadium around 1:45 am. This unnamed driver reported the shooting. The shooter injured a second passenger as well.
Miles’ lawyer released the following statement, “While Darius has been accused of being involved with this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court.”
How Might This Affect Their Historic Season?
Darius Miles was averaging 1.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in just six appearances this season. They declared him out for the season on Saturday with an ankle injury. It’s fair to say that Alabama shouldn’t miss a stride without him.
Alabama is 5-0 in conference play and 15-2 overall. They sit atop the SEC and are seemingly the team to beat. They expect to continue their season as scheduled, beginning with Vanderbilt on Tuesday, despite this news.
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