Alabama coach Nate Oats took the blame for star freshman Brandon Miller's controversial pregame introduction over the weekend, saying in a press conference Tuesday that the pat-down ritual has been addressed and it won't happen again.
"That situation is on me. We addressed [it] as a team and as soon as I brought it up to them, they immediately understood how it could be interpreted, and we all felt awful about it," Oats said. "They explained to me that it's like when TSA checks you before you get on a plane and now Brandon's cleared for takeoff."
Oats said the introduction was brought to his attention for the first time following the game on Saturday, after which he called it "not appropriate." Miller has had the same pregame pat-down during introductions all season, but after being connected to the Jan. 15 murder of 23-year-old Jamea Harris for allegedly helping deliver former teammate Darius Miles' gun to him the night it was used in her killing, it widely drew criticism for being tone-deaf and insensitive.