IU releases Emmitt Holt from basketball team
Update (March 7, 2016): The charges were dismissed against Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (August 24, 2015) –Indiana State Excise Police officers cited two Indiana University’s basketball players early Saturday morning on preliminary charges of illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Emmitt D. Holt, 19, and Thomas J. Bryant, 18, were each issued citations at approximately 12:50 a.m. after uniformed officers allegedly observed each of them in possession of a bottle of vodka while sitting in a parked vehicle in which they passengers in.
The vehicle was parked in the lot of Convenient Food Mart located at 1401 N. Dunn Street – right across the street from Memorial Stadium.
Holt allegedly attempted to conceal a 750 milliliter bottle of vodka as an officer walked past the vehicle.
Holt, who was a backseat passenger in the vehicle, reportedly shouted to alert the front seat passenger of the officer’s presence.
The officer then allegedly observed the front seat passenger, Bryant, attempt to conceal a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka.
Bryant and Holt were each issued summonses and released from the scene. They will be required to appear in a Monroe County court at a later date.
The three other occupants of the vehicle were not cited for any offenses. According to excise police, Juwan Morgan was the driver of the car, and Hanner Mosquera-Perea was a backseat passenger.
Morgan is a freshman on the IU men’s basketball team. Mosquera-Perea was on the basketball team up until May when he was dismissed.
Bryant is an incoming freshman. He played last year at Huntington Prep in West Virginia and was a McDonald’s All American.
Emmitt Holt is a sophomore, and this is his second time getting in trouble since he’s been in Bloomington. Last November, Holt was the driver of the car that hit teammate Devin Davis. He was cited for illegal consumption of alcohol, a misdemeanor, and for operating under the influence of alcohol under age 21, an infraction. Holt’s BAC was 0.025.
On Monday, August 31, Indiana University released this statement:
Sophomore Emmitt Holt has been dismissed from the men’s basketball program effective immediately for demonstrating exceptionally poor judgment in the circumstances surrounding his recent citation, particularly coming after his involvement in the Devin Davis accident which should have motivated him to make better decisions.
Freshman Thomas Bryant, as a result of his citation, is receiving internal team discipline and is subject to additional discipline for any future failure to live up to his responsibilities to the program.