Emoni Bates of Eastern Michigan University arrested after gun found in vehicle


SUPERIOR CITY, Michigan (TBEN DETROIT) – Eastern Michigan University basketball star Emoni Bates was arrested Sunday after authorities found a firearm in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Authorities say Washtenaw County deputies ran over the vehicle at about 10:40 PM on Sept. 18 after Bates, 18, failed to stop at the intersection of Nottingham Drive and Clark Road in Superior Township.

According to authorities, a firearm was found in the car during the investigation and Bates was taken into custody.

Bates is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and changing identification marks on a firearm – both charges are felonies.

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In a statement on Monday, EMU Athletics said Bates has been suspended “from practice and playing privileges until the legal process is resolved”.

“We are aware of a situation involving men’s basketball student athlete Emoni Bates. Eastern Michigan University takes all allegations of this nature very seriously,” the statement said.

Bates moved to EMU for nearly two months after sharing plans on social, the university announced in August.

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“I love my city and coming home to do something special was big for me,” he said last month. “I know several guys on the team by playing together and playing matches. A strong relationship and bond with my teammates and coaching staff was important to me.”

The 6-foot-9 guard averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after being reclassified to skip a year of high school and participate in the class of 2021.

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Bates pledged to play for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago, later disbanded and signed with Memphis. He played in 18 games for the Tigers, who finished 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. He missed much of the season with a back injury before appearing in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games.

Bates announced in April that he was leaving school and later said he would choose between Michigan, Arkansas, Seton Hall, DePaul, Louisville and Eastern Michigan.


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