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


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

According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, officers stopped the vehicle at approximately 10:40 PM on Sept. 18 after Bates, 18, failed to stop at the intersection of Nottingham Drive and Clark Road in Superior Township.

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A firearm was found in the car during the investigation, authorities said.

Officials say he will be arraigned Monday in 14a District Court.

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

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

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The 6-foot-9 guard 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. Bates 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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