A fourth Alabama men’s basketball player to the scene of a fatal January shooting, according to the the New York Times, though the university denied that in a statement Wednesday.
Walk-on Kai Spears reportedly was with Brandon Miller inside another car that had its windshield struck by two bullets, according to the Times, which cited an anonymous source familiar to the case as the person who linked Spears.
Jaden Bradley, a freshman guard, was also at the scene, according to previously published reports.
Darius Miles — arrested, dismissed from the team and indicted on capital murder charges last week — was the fourth member, and Miles’ childhood friend, Michael Lynn Davis, was also indicted on capital murder charges as the person who allegedly fired the bullet that killed 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Jan. 15.
“Your story is inaccurate,” Alabama said in a statement responding to the Times story, according to AL.com. “Based on the information we have, there were no current student-athletes present at the scene other than Brandon Miller and Jaden Bradley, who are both fully cooperating witnesses. From the outset, UA Athletics has fully cooperated with law enforcement and supported their investigation.”
Spears, the son of Marshall University’s athletic director, declined to comment ahead of Alabama’s opening-round game in the NCAA Tournament, per the Times, by saying, “I’m sorry, I’m not going to be able to speak about that.”
Spears, a freshman from Pittsburgh, hasn’t appeared in a game or recorded any stats during his first season with the Crimson Tide.
Miles has been accused of giving the gun to Davis, while Miles allegedly texted Miller to bring his gun to the scene, according to law enforcement testimony.
Miller, who has not been charged nor punished by the team, has been defended by his lawyers, who testified that he didn’t touch the weapon.
Alabama will play its first game of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday after winning the SEC regular-season title and conference tournament, facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Birmingham.
Miller was accompanied by an armed security guard for the Crimson Tide’s practice the day prior.
The 20-year-old said that he’ll “always travel with security to all games.”
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