For Brandon Miller and Bama, March Madness is more than a game
Sadly, this story has little to do with basketball. This story has more to do with the best basketball player on Birmingham's biggest basketball stage in a decade and a half.
This has already been said in this space, more than once in different ways, but it bears repeating today as that player takes this stage - as he should - and the games begin with the whole college basketball world watching.
Jamea Harris didn't deserve to die. Brandon Miller doesn't deserve to be buried alive. Rather, Miller himself is lucky he didn't breathe his last.
Welcome to an NCAA Tournament unlike any of the 10 that have come here before. There is no shame in reveling in this special event. This city has earned it. Everything that's good about it shows what can happen when we all come together as a team.
But first, let's get some more important things straight.
A senseless tragedy has been unfairly framed as a conflict between the Harris family and Alabama basketball in general, Miller in particular. A grieving family can be forgiven its emotional, imprecise search for justice and closure. Journalists seeking the truth own a greater responsibility.
There is no prize for being the loudest to shout questionable accusations or for doing it the longest. There is a question that everyone who has rushed to judgment - before the two men legally accused of capital murder have gone to trial - should look in the mirror and ask.
What if you are wrong? ...
Read the rest of Kevin's column on a misinformed and misguided rush to judgment that continues to this day. Only in The Lede.