Emoni Bates, a current basketball player in Eastern Michigan and a former top recruit from Memphis, was arrested in Michigan Sunday night following a traffic stop and booked Monday morning on at least one weapon charge.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office took Bates into custody Sunday night at 10:43 after he failed to stop at an intersection. Police said they located a gun in the car during the investigation and arrested Bates, who remained in jail until Monday morning when he was released on personal bail.
The Associated Press reported that Bates is being charged with carrying a concealed weapon and tampering with identification markings on a firearm, but local police have only confirmed the concealed weapon charge.
Steve Haney, Bates’ attorney, spoke with ESPN’s Pete Thamel and claimed that Bates was not driving his own car when he was pulled over.
If Bates was driving someone else’s car when he was pulled over, that’s a pretty big development. He is next due in court on October 6 for a probable cause hearing.
Bates’ winding journey to eastern Michigan
Bates, 18, was once the number one basketball recruit in the country. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was compared to Kevin Durant and LeBron James in his junior high school years. Bates dropped out of high school after three years to attend Memphis (though not before committing and parting ways with Michigan State) and made his NCAA debut in 2021.
He was supposed to be a big talent in Memphis. Instead, he struggled, looking like a shadow of the explosive player he’d been in high school. He missed two months with a back injury and finished the season having played just 18 games and averaging 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on 38.6 percent shooting from the field and 32.9 percent from deep.
Bates made a surprise appearance on the transfer portal in April and announced in June that he would be transferring to Eastern Michigan University, which is in his hometown of Ypsilanti.
Eastern Michigan released a brief statement on Bates’ arrest.
“We are aware of a situation involving one of our student athletes. Eastern Michigan University takes all allegations very seriously. We are working to gather more details and will have further comment when more information becomes available.”