The South Florida Slapping Saga has taken another confusing family turn as the brother of the walk-on allegedly hit by coach Jim Leavitt has stepped into the fray to defend his sibling and confirm what his father hastily denied yesterday.
Joel Miller's older brother, Paul, called a Tampa radio station yesterday to talk about the incident that he can't really talk about because he says, "if [Joel] opens his mouth at all, he has everything to lose." This rather ominous quote seems to imply that if Joel tells the world that his coach slapped him, he (as a non-scholarship athlete) would be very easily dismissed from the team. Perhaps that explains why their father—who is also named Paul, which only this makes this whole thing even more confusing—ran a double reverse yesterday. After initially accusing Leavitt of assaulting his son, Miller the Elder now says he backs the coach 100%.