Alabama basketball star Brandon Miller had a career-best game on Wednesday amid distractions off the court.
Former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and a friend were arrested in January over a fatal shooting, and on Tuesday, it was reported that Miller and another former teammate, Jayden Bradley, were involved. Miller has not been charged with a crime, but Miles reportedly texted Miller and told him to bring Miles' gun to where he was in downtown Tuscaloosa.
Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats has been catching heat for his remarks and continuing to play both Miller and Bradley despite their alleged involvement in the death of Jamea Harris.
Gamecocks fans, however, used the controversy to try to get in the Tide star's head, and it backfired, as Miller went for 41 points, including scoring the game-tying bucket to send the two teams to overtime and the game-winner in overtime.
The raucous crowd can be heard chanting "Lock him up" at Miller, and fans booed the player throughout the game while he had the ball.
Crowd at South Carolina vs Alabama is rowdy early on. Don’t think Brandon Miller is gonna have an easy night pic.twitter.com/SDj41OAp7R— Cooper Hird (@HirdItHereHoops) February 23, 2023
Fans got into an altercation during the game, and play had to be briefly halted to stop it. ESPN color commentator Seth Greenberg blasted the fans for their treatment of Miller.
Greenberg lamented mid-game, "Well, that's just unacceptable. People need to be enjoying how hard these teams are playing and having some perspective. With everything that's gone around this basketball team at Alabama for the last week, how about paying respects to Jamea Harris and her family and her young son?"
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