alabama men’s basketball Coach Nate Oats has clarified his comments on star freshman Brandon Miller’s alleged involvement in a fatal shooting earlier this year after facing fierce backlash for saying the young player was in the «wrong place at the wrong time.» «.

Oats, which has been Crimson Tide head coach men’s team since 2019, was asked about Miller’s involvement in the deadly shooting of Jamea Harris near the university’s campus in January during a news conference Tuesday after police testimony revealed the prominent freshman allegedly provided the weapon used in the murder.

Brandon Miller, #24 of the Alabama Crimson Tide, looks for a lane during the first half against Vanderbilt Commodores at Coleman Coliseum on January 31, 2023 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images)

«We know about that,» he said in response to questions about Miller. «I can’t control everything that everyone does outside of practice. Nobody knew that was going to happen. The college guys are out. Brandon hasn’t been in any kind of trouble and he’s not in any kind of trouble on this one. Wrong place at the wrong time.»

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The comments drew harsh criticism on social media and later that night, Oats released a statement «clarifying» his comments.

«I thought it was important for me to clarify the unfortunate comments I made earlier. All this time I have tried to be considerate in my words in relation to this tragic incident, and my statements were misheard,» his statement read.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats walks off the court at halftime against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 15, 2023 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats walks off the court at halftime against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 15, 2023 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

«The police informed us that other student-athletes were in the vicinity, and the police have repeatedly told us that no other student-athletes were suspects, they were just witnesses. We understand that they have all been completely truthful and cooperative.»

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He continued: «I in no way intended to minimize the gravity of this situation or the tragedy of that night. My prayers continue with the family of Jamea Harris.»

Former Alabama player Darius Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, were both charged with capital murder in the January shooting death of Harris. Witness testimony identified Davis as the shooter, but new information revealed Miles approached Miller about a gun.

Det. Branden Culpepper testified this week that Miller brought a gun to the Tuscaloosa strip before the shooting. Miles had asked Miller to take it down and he agreed, according to Culpepper.

Alabama forward Darius Miles looks to pass in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on March 5, 2022.

Alabama forward Darius Miles looks to pass in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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Culpepper said Miller arrived on the scene and Miles told Davis, «The heat is in the hat,» referencing the gun, according to AL.com. He also said, «There’s one in the head,» which means there was a bullet in the chamber.

Miles’ attorney, William C. White II, provided a statement to Fox News Digital on Monday maintaining his client’s innocence.

«Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight by the death of Jamea Jonae Harris,» the statement read. «While Darius has been accused of involvement in this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court. Our own firm’s investigation is ongoing and no further comment will be made at this time. «.

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.