Talking publicly for the second time since Sunday’s arrest of Darius Miles for capital homicide, Alabama males’s basketball coach Nate Oats revealed Tuesday he spoke to former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis within the wake of the incident.
“His daughter went to Alabama a year-and-a-half in the past,” Oats mentioned throughout an interview with Crimson Tide Sports activities Community earlier than Tuesday night time’s sport at Vanderbilt. “He went by means of the same state of affairs in Atlanta. He performed within the NFL. He informed me what he thought guys wanted to listen to.”
Oats confirmed in his postgame information convention that he initiated the dialog with Lewis.
“I simply thought he is been by means of, you already know, a tragic state of affairs,” Oats mentioned. “One of the crucial mentally robust athletes in my time. His daughter went to Alabama, so I used to be in a position to get his quantity. I talked to him. He did not speak to the crew or something. However he form of talked to me. He is a person of religion as effectively. Simply form of informed me to share just a little phrase with him, pray with him. That is what they want proper now. His daughter went to high school right here a year-and-a-half in the past, so she’s fairly shook up by the entire state of affairs, too.”
Lewis is a member of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame who performed linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-2012. Lewis and two of his mates have been charged with homicide within the stabbing deaths of two males outdoors an Atlanta nightclub after Tremendous Bowl XXXIV in January 2000.
The homicide cost towards Lewis was dropped months later after he pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor cost of obstructing justice in alternate for his testimony towards the opposite two males. Lewis obtained one 12 months probation, and his two mates have been later acquitted of their homicide costs.
Lewis’ daughter, Diaymon Lewis, graduated from Alabama in 2020, in response to her LinkedIn biography.
Miles, a now-dismissed Alabama basketball participant, and one other man, Michael Davis, have been arrested Sunday and have been each charged with capital homicide for the early-morning capturing loss of life of 23-year previous Jamea Harris on Tuscaloosa’s Strip. Courtroom data launched Tuesday acknowledged witnesses informed police that Davis fired the shot that killed Harris and Miles admitted to police that he offered the gun.
Oats revealed his dialog with Lewis when he was requested throughout his pregame interview which individuals he has leaned on after Sunday’s arrest. He talked about athletics director Greg Byrne and crew sports activities psychologist Brett McCabe, along with Arizona State males’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley, whom Oats coached beneath at Buffalo, and Lewis.
“Simply completely different individuals have reached out and I have been in a position to collect various things from completely different individuals,” he mentioned. “I would not say there’s one man, essentially. This wasn’t lined within the ‘Teaching Basketball’ class again in faculty. That is one you have to get a very good really feel for the place your guys are at. Even going into the crew conferences, you have to form of play it just a little bit by ear and see the place they’re at, the place their heads are at, and form of go from there.
“Lot of prayer. Learn them some bible verses on tips on how to deal with sorts of issues like this. And actually, we have form of reiterated, like, your selections. We will study from this, too. Do not lose a studying lesson. Let’s study what we will from this. Hopefully the remainder of the crew makes higher selections shifting ahead and so they can actually study from this.”
In his pregame Crimson Tide Sports activities Community interview, Oats additionally walked by means of the crew’s response to studying the information Sunday.
“We talked as a crew. Clearly very emotional,” Oats mentioned. “We had Scotty Hollins, our crew Chaplain in there. Greg Byrne, the AD, the employees. Type of talked by means of some stuff. I informed the crew, I might simply give them a while on their very own. We had simply pushed the crew assembly again, again, again till we had some kind of solutions.
“After they talked for a short time, they got here to me and mentioned they weren’t in the best mind set to follow [Sunday], which I completely received. I had form of left it as much as them as to what we have been going to do this night time. So we gave them the night time off. They mentioned they might be able to go [Monday]. A number of them hadn’t slept.
“So, got here in Monday. Went by means of the non-public Vanderbilt, Day 1 edit. We had [deputy] chief [Severn ‘Sebo’] Sanders talks to the crew from the Tuscaloosa PD. Then we had follow. I believed the follow was good. I believed guys have been locked in. I believed it was just a little reprieve, if you’ll, from enthusiastic about all of the issues they’d been enthusiastic about. So we went proper from follow to getting on a aircraft and coming down right here [to Vanderbilt].
“We shot in right here final night time. Thought it was good. Did some video after that. Simply extra — as a result of we sometimes would have carried out some on Sunday. We needed to make up [some] time on that. After which informed them to get to mattress.
“We received up [Tuesday] morning. Fairly much like an everyday sport day. We simply did a tad extra video. We simply received extra video in than we usually would have, with us lacking Sunday’s deal. We did just a little [Monday] night time, just a little bit greater than we’d have [Tuesday]. We received it in. I believed our shoot-around was good. I believed the blokes pulled themselves collectively and mentioned, ‘let’s actually focus in right here.’
“So I am hoping they’re in a position to focus, focus. It is clearly been just a little little bit of a distraction. It could be a deceive say it wasn’t. There’s gonna be loads of distractions in life. It is a large one. However you’ve got received to have the ability to regroup, collect your self collectively and nonetheless go to work.
“You and me have been by means of some issues. Clearly it is a little completely different, possibly. You know the way actual life works. You have received to have the ability to compartmentalize just a little bit, concentrate on what you’ll be able to, so now tonight, I am simply hoping they will actually focus in on what we have now to do tonight, as a result of we have been enjoying some good basketball up up to now.”
Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Comply with him on Twitter @mikerodak.