Drake student sues school, alleges basketball coach told player to lie after shooting him in head
A Drake University student filed a lawsuit earlier this month, alleging that an unidentified school basketball coach for men at school told a player who shot him in the head to lie to the responding police, the Des said Moines register.
Drake striker Tremell Murphy accidentally shot Nathaniel Miller Jr. in the head during a party at his home near campus on August 31, 2019. The gun belonged to Murphy, which he had legally received.
After the shootout, but before the officers arrived, a Drake basketball coach reportedly appeared in the house, according to the report. The coach then reportedly told Murphy to refuse any involvement. Murphy then told the officers that Miller had fallen on a wet floor and hit his head.
He was accused of making false reports to the police and dropping a firearm within the city limits, both of which occurred in Iowa. Murphy pleaded guilty to both accounts, according to the Des Moines Register, and was fined, suspended, and sentenced to 30 days in prison.
Miller is suing the university, Murphy, and the investment group that manages the property on which the shootout took place. He claimed that due to the initial false report, proper medical care had been delayed. He had to undergo surgery and, according to the lawsuit, is now struggling with gait and vision.
The university denied the allegations in the lawsuit. Drake's head coach Darian DeVries did not respond to the Des Moines Register to comment, although he is not mentioned in the lawsuit.
"It is not true, as the plaintiff claims, that a Drake men's basketball coach instructed Mr. Murphy to refuse to participate in Mr. Miller's injuries," the school said in a statement on the Des Moines Register. "In addition, the place where the shooting event took place is private and is not owned or related to the university."
Murphy played in just five games for the Bulldogs last year after suffering a knee injury at the end of the season against Southeast Missouri State on December 7th. He averaged 10.4 points and 6.2 rebounds while starting all but one competition in his first season.
Drake striker Tremell Murphy accidentally shot another student in the head at a party last year, initially telling the police that he had slipped and fallen on a wet floor. (Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)
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