Alabama men’s basketball coach Nate Oats said Tuesday that he spoke with professional football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis about the situation involving former player Darius Miles.
Miles and another man were arrested on capital murder charges Sunday. Investigators wrote in a court document that Miles admitted to providing the gun immediately before the shooting. Another man is accused of firing the gun and killing a 23-year-old woman near the University of Alabama campus.
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Oats spoke about the ordeal before the Crimson Tide’s 78-66 win over Vanderbilt.
«His daughter left for Alabama a year and a half ago,» he told the Crimson Tide Sports Network. «She went through a similar situation in Atlanta. She played in the NFL. She told me what she thought guys needed to hear.»
He explained it after the game.
«I just thought he had been through, you know, a tragic situation,» Oats said, via AL.com. «One of the mentally toughest athletes of my time. His daughter went to Alabama, so I was able to get his number. I talked to him. He didn’t talk to the team or anything. But he talked to me.» «He’s also a man of faith. He just told me to share a little word with him, to pray with him. That’s what they need right now. Their daughter went to school here a year and a half ago, so she She’s also pretty shaken up by the whole situation.»
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Lewis and two others were indicted on murder charges following a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta on January 31, 2000. One of the men alleged that Lewis had bloodstains on his white suit, but the man was never found. attire. The former Baltimore Ravens superstar would negotiate a plea deal dropping the murder charges against her in exchange for testimony against the other two men accused.
Lewis was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 12 months probation.
Lewis’s son also had a sexual assault charge dropped in 2016.
Miles was fired from the team after the murder charge was filed. Michael Davis was also charged with the fatal shooting.
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Oats said he spoke to the team about the situation and hoped the players could get back on track after a tumultuous few days.
Associated Press contributed to this report.