Emoni Bates, a former high school star who transferred from Memphis to eastern Michigan this summer, was arrested about two miles from the Superior Township, Michigan campus on Sunday night after sheriff’s deputies discovered a weapon fire in a vehicle he was driving.
Derrick Jackson, the Public Information Officer for Superior Township, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, told ESPN that officers “initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle that did not stop” at a intersection.
Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and “altering identification marks” on a firearm. He was arraigned on Monday and his attorney, Steve Haney, has requested that a not guilty plea be entered on Bates’ behalf.
According to Haney, the judge accepted a non-monetary personal pledge to have Bates immediately released from prison. Bates’ next court date is scheduled for October 6.
Haney told ESPN that Sunday night’s arrest came after a routine traffic stop while Bates was driving a borrowed car containing a gun. “Reserve judgment on this,” Haney said via statement. “There is much more to the story. He borrowed someone’s car, was arrested and a gun was located in the car.”
According to Michigan’s penal code, a person accused of carrying a concealed weapon could face a jail term “up to 5 years” and a fine of up to $2,500. The charge of altering an ID on a weapon carries a penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.
Eastern Michigan issued a statement Monday afternoon announcing that Bates would be suspended.
“We are aware of a situation involving male basketball student-athlete Emoni Bates,” the school said. “Eastern Michigan University takes all allegations of this nature very seriously. In accordance with department policy, he has been automatically suspended from coaching and playing privileges until the legal process Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the University will have no further comment at this time.
Bates, a 6-foot-9 small forward, was considered one of the nation’s elite basketball prospects throughout his high school career, ranking No. 1 in the class of 2022 until that it is reclassified last summer and ends up at No. 3 in 2021.
He originally committed to Michigan State in the summer of 2020 then reopened his recruiting in April 2021, before upgrading from 2022 to 2021 and committing to Memphis.
His only season under coach Penny Hardaway was uneven. He missed 15 of 33 games with a back injury that required him to go home to see a specialist, and he struggled when he was on the ground.
Bates averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds with the Tigers.
WXYZ in Detroit originally reported Bates’ arrest.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello contributed to this report.