Nate Oats talked to Ray Lewis about Darius Miles arrest: ‘He went through a similar situation’
Alabama males’s basketball coach Nate Oats revealed that he turned to NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis for suggestion about his former participant, Darius Miles, who’s charged with the murder inside the taking footage lack of lifetime of a 23-year-old lady — noting that the two males’s experiences are “similar.”
Speaking to Crimson Tide Sports Network on Tuesday, Oats talked about he obtained the cellphone amount for Lewis, who was convicted for his place inside the stabbing deaths of two males open air of an Atlanta nightclub after the Super Bowl in January 2000.
“I just thought he’s been through, you know, a tragic situation and one of the more mentally tough athletes in my time,” Oats talked about when requested who he leaned on inside the wake of Miles’ arrest Sunday inside the killing of Jamea Harris.
“He went through a similar situation in Atlanta. He played in the NFL. He told me what he thought guys needed to hear,” he continued.
Miles, 21, was busted along with 20-year-old Michael Lynn Davis for allegedly opening hearth at a car spherical 1:45 a.m. Sunday in an area shut to campus referred to as “The Strip.” One of the car’s passengers, 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris, was hit by a bullet and died.
Oats added to Lewis’ suggestion: “He just kind of told me to share the word with them and pray with them. That’s what they need right now.”
Oats well-known that Lewis had a non-public connection to the faculty since his daughter, Diaymon Lewis, was a present graduate.
“His daughter went to school here a year-and-a-half ago, so she’s pretty shook up by the whole situation, too,” he talked about.
Lewis, an NFL linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens from 1996 to 2012, was thought of one in all three males charged with murder after two males had been stabbed to lack of life open air of an Atlanta nightclub after Super Bowl XXXIV in January of 2000.
The murder value in opposition to Lewis was dropped months later when he pleaded accountable to a lesser value of obstruction of justice. He acquired a yr of probation, and his two buddies had been later acquitted of their murder costs.
Oats revealed that others have moreover reached out to him inside the wake of the lethal taking footage, along with Arizona State males’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley.
“Just different people have reached out and I’ve been able to gather different things from different people,” he talked about. “I wouldn’t say there’s one guy, necessarily. This wasn’t covered in the ‘Coaching Basketball’ class back in college.”
“We talked as a team. Obviously very emotional,” Oats talked about. “We had Scotty Hollins, our team chaplain in there. Greg Byrne, the AD, the staff. Kind of talked through some stuff. I told the team, I would just give them some time on their own. We had just pushed the team meeting back, back, back until we had some type of answers.”
He added that they decided to cancel comply with on Sunday as a results of a variety of members of the crew hadn’t slept after listening to the disturbing allegations in opposition to thought of one in all their now-former teammates.
Miles, who’s from Washington DC, is a junior on the University of Alabama and was the basketball crew’s forward. He had been benched all through Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Louisiana State University attributable to an ankle harm.
The University of Alabama kicked Miles off the crew following the data of the prices in opposition to him.
In a press launch, the faculty talked about: “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.”