Nick Saban Uses Interesting Phrasing Discussing Tony Mitchell Suspension

Getty Nick Saban used phrasing when describing Tony Mitchell's suspension that was similar to Nate Oats' following controversy involving Alabama's basketball team

The way Nick Saban addressed Tony Mitchell’s recent suspension from Alabama — one caused by a March 15 arrest in his home state of Florida in which he was charged with marijuana possession and intent to sell and/or deliver, per the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department — was similar to the way Nate Oats addressed several of his Alabama basketball players being at the scene of the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman.

But in the inverse.

At a March 20 press conference, Saban said there was “no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.” That phrasing was how Oats described Brandon Miller’s presence at the scene of Jamea Harris’ death.

“We knew about [Miller’s involvement],” Oats said during a February 21 press conference. “Can’t control everything anybody does outside of practice. Nobody knew that was going to happen. College kids are out, Brandon hasn’t been in any type of trouble nor is he in any type of trouble in this case. Wrong spot at the wrong time.”

Twitter Reacts to Nick Saban’s Tony Mitchell Comments

Saban fired up many on Twitter when he made comments so similar to what Oats said, but with the opposite message.

Fans took to Twitter in droves with varied reactions to Alabama’s football and basketball coaches being at odds philosophically when it comes to being at the “wrong place at the wrong time.”

It remains to be seen if Saban’s phrasing was intentional or not. Reporters at future Alabama press conferences figure to press the Crimson Tide coach, though they should do so at their own risk given Saban’s propensity to clown those who ask questions he deems “rat poison.”

Nate Oats’ Apology Following Infamous Press Conference

Following the February 21 press conference in which the Alabama basketball coach made his infamous comments about Miller, Oats issued an apology in an official written statement.

“We were informed by law enforcement of other student-athletes being in the vicinity, and law enforcement has repeatedly told us that no other student-athletes were suspects,” Oats said. “They were witnesses only. Our understanding is that they have all been fully truthful and cooperative.”

Oats said he didn’t intend to downplay the situation in any way.

“In no way did I intend to downplay the seriousness of this situation or the tragedy of that night,” Oats said. “My prayers continue to go out to Jamea Harris’s family.”