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Ex-Wildcat Millar's name spelled wrong for decades

For nearly a quarter of a century, Bluegrass friends and fans of the man who wore the No. 4 jersey on the University of Kentucky men's basketball team from 1986 to 1990 have known him as Derrick Miller.

His friends and fans back home in Savannah, Ga., where he played high school basketball, have known him by that name even longer.

He, too, thought that was his name — until about 1990, when he went looking for his birth certificate so he could get a passport that would allow him to play basketball overseas.

It was then that he found out his last name was spelled M-I-L-L-A-R.

"When he was growing up, he did not know that the legal spelling of his name, the spelling on his birth certificate, was A-R," said Christopher Hunt, Millar's attorney.

Millar's father died when he was in the second grade, and his mother left home when he was a youngster, so he was raised by his grandmother, Hunt said.

Miller is "what he thought his name was," he said.

Lately, Hunt has been telling courts throughout the state that the former basketball star's last name is "Millar," so their records would be correct.

Millar has faced numerous charges in about a dozen Kentucky counties during the past several months for allegedly selling UK basketball game tickets to people when he had no tickets to sell. Some of the courts have had and still have his name listed as Miller. Fayette Circuit Court has his name both ways.

"I have been telling each court I go into about this, and some change it; others do not," Hunt said via e-mail. "I just keep using both (names) to avoid any problems."

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