Eastern Michigan basketball star Emoni Bates suspended from team following gun arrest

Bates is back in court Oct. 6 for a probable cause conference

Eastern Michigan basketball star Emoni bates has been suspended from the team following a gun arrest over the weekend. Bates, 18, was the No. 1 basketball prospect in the state of Michigan, and on Monday, the Ypsilanti native went before a judge facing two felony counts.

YPSILANTI, Mich.Eastern Michigan basketball star Emoni Bates has been suspended from the team following a gun arrest over the weekend.

Bates, 18, was the No. 1 basketball prospect in the state of Michigan, and on Monday, the Ypsilanti native went before a judge facing two felony counts.

Bates has been suspended from all practice and playing privileges, as is department protocol, when something of this nature occurs. The university said that they take allegations of this nature very seriously.

The star basketball player on the court appeared via Zoom from the Washtenaw County jail as Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering the identifying marks of a firearm.

The Magistrate underscored the severity of the charges even for a first-time offender.

“The nature of these particular charges are inherently dangerous,” said Magistrate Elisha Fink. “That’s why we have laws regulating these kinds of things so that people have training and licensing.”

Read: Eastern Michigan basketball star Emoni Bates arrested on gun charges

Police say they found the gun during a traffic stop Sunday (Sept. 18) night. Bates was behind the wheel when it got pulled over for failing to stop at the intersection of Nottingham Drive and East Clark Road in Superior Township.

The once-top recruit played for Lincoln High School and Ypsilanti prep academy before committing to Michigan State. The 18-year-old reclassified and took his talents to Memphis, where he played his freshman season for the Tigers under head coach Anfernee Penny Hardaway.

Bates transferred back home to Eastern Michigan University in August after disagreements with coach Penny.

Eastern Michigan University’s Athletic Department released a statement saying, “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. Per department policy, he has been suspended automatically from practice and playing privileges until the legal process is resolved. Because this is an on-going legal matter, the university will have no further comment at this time.”

Bates pleaded not guilty to the felony charges. He was granted a personal bond, meaning he won’t have to pay any money to be released from jail.

Bates is back in court on Oct. 6 for a probable cause conference.

Watch the full arraignment below.

Last year’s top Michigan high school basketball player and recent Eastern Michigan transfer Emoni Bates was arrested this weekend and is facing a gun charge, according to authorities.

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Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.