NYTimes Admits It Falsely Claimed Alabama Player Was At Murder Scene

  • In its coverage of a fatal January shooting that involved members of Alabama’s Crimson Tide college basketball team, The New York Times misidentified freshman player Kai Spears as a passenger in one of the cars at the scene.
  • Immediately following the article, which was published on March 15, the father of Spears and Alabama’s athletic director Steve Byrne came forward to deny that the freshman was in the car being driven by Crimson Tide forward Brandon Miller. When no correction was issued, Spears sued the paper, which provided a lengthy correction.
  • The shooting resulted in the death of 23-year-old Jamea Harris, who was in one of the cars present at The Strip, and the arrest of Darius Miles, who was kicked off the Alabama team following the incident and later indicted.
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