Former IU forward Emmitt Holt issues apology

  • 09/06/2015 4:25 pm in

Former Indiana forward Emmitt Holt, who was dismissed from the program last week, issued the following statement via email on Sunday afternoon:

Editor’s note: The statement is unedited.

Dear Indiana University Community,
While my dismissal from the Indiana basketball team was a consequence of my own choices, I’m primarily gulity of doing what most young college students do on any given weekend which is participate in campus life which often includes engaging in the use of alcohol. As a member of the Indiana basketball team I realize that I am held to a higher standard than most college students, coaches and family down and for that I’m truly sorry. I promise to learn from my mistakes and I look forward to pursuing my studies and my basketball career at Indian Hills. I want to thank Coach Crean, the entire staff, my teammates and most of all the great fans of Indiana Basketball for my time I’m Bloomington.
Sincerely,
Emmitt Holt

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  • SeeingRed

    I know in the last few years, there has been a more “relaxed” take on Purdue students and their Breakfast Club activities from West Lafayette and campus police. Can’t speak to excise, and why they seem less interested in PU as a money mill. But local enforcement seems to have taken a “just don’t be a complete idiot puking in the street” posture. There are still complete idiots puking in the street who do get cited, but the cops seem to have taken a containment stance rather than one of aggressive targeting.

  • dwdkc

    He’s recruiting good kids, if by that we mean good students who go to class and get good grades and are decent with everyone around them. Most of them are willing to work hard on their game, apparently including Emmitt. Some of them like to party too, which in every other era and seemingly every other school is OK. They’ve had some bad luck (Devin’s accident) compounded by poor judgement (repeat drug testing violations, this last incident). None of these things are serious character flaws, but the IU microscope combined with an unusually active law enforcement, puts IU in this lousy spot. Also naivete–if Holt was a more “experienced” party guy he wouldn’t do something this stupid, it almost shows what an amateur he is. You could say that they don’t respect Crean enough, and that might be right, but I see this as IU Bball being held to a standard almost nobody else is and setting them up for failure. Many decent kids who want some of the normal college experience may stay away as a result.

  • david r

    An apology with a disclaimer is no apology at all. He hopefully will understand someday that the main person he let down was himself. Right now he feels like a victim apparently. If you use the excuse that everyone else does it then you’ll be like everyone else, average. Emmit, my man, you should want more! At least that is what I’d tell him if he were my son. Set a higher standard.

  • dwdkc

    I’ve learned that you really don’t have to take to heart every criticism you get from your ex. So maybe not.

  • IUPatrick

    Yogi – not a transfer, Williams – not a transfer and Hartman – not a transfer. And concerning transfers – Do you honestly think the young guys – frosh and solphs on the team are saying to themselves “I can’t look to Ziesloft for leadership – he transferred here – what a loser” No – kids look at experienced players for exactly that – leadership. They see Zeisloft (Sr), for example, as stepping up immediately and shooting 45% from three. BTW – many Div#1 teams go through transfers every year so if your reasoning stood several schools would not have a leader. Some who have been very successful. Concerning trouble – Yogi and Williams got their hands slapped after their Freshman season. They apologized and no one is looking at them as bad guys or guys who can’t lead (with the exception of you of course). Yogi will be a first team all-big ten and possibly first team all-American and Troy has a strong chance to be 1st team big ten and a first round draft pick. I respect Yogi and Troy for taking the heat and criticism and staying with IU. Robert Johnson btw told the Indy Star last year how much he has picked up from Yogi and how well he handles himself. That’s an example of someone looking at Yogi as a leader… if you couldn’t tell.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    very well said skipper. apparently he’s been reading too many posts on this site! 😉

  • TomJameson

    While searching for particulars on the ICE program in Indiana, I found several nice articles that pretty much all agree that the aggressive targeting doesn’t really work, but does create a nice revenue stream. A containment policy has always seemed to work better.

    Just a little tidbit of info I thought was interesting.

    I read somewhere that the director of ICE in Indiana is a Purdue grad. If true, I wonder if that has anything to do with the lax policy at Purdue?
    LOL

  • SeeingRed

    I don’t know a thing about the director or where he graduated from, but it sure sounds like a story some enterprising young journalism student at IU should start digging into. Who actually decides where ICE is deployed and when? What percentage of resources are spent at each state university? Is the goal fair application and enforcement or max profit per hour spent on patrol?

    Good questions somebody should investigate — won’t be easy to ferret out this stuff, but good news stories rarely fall in one’s lap.

  • Chappy Dan

    Could’ve been Grey Goose at least…

  • Chappy Dan

    You don’t have the heart to stand by your team through tough times.

  • Chappy Dan

    Cody Zeller isn’t on the other side of that coin, he’s on a gold bar sitting in a mint. I doubt Cody parties even now. It’s just not in his DNA.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ditto that ! If I did I probably would have committed myself to a heavily supervised facility a while back, but had I done that I would probably be stuck living under the same roof as her again. lol

  • ForeverIU

    No I don’t. Not when the leadership of the team is fundamentally flawed. Plus, I stand by our players every day. In fact, most of my commentary on ITH is an attempt to give voice, however small and seemingly insignificant, to those who are most likely to be at the bottom of the power structure; namely, our players. My loyalty is to them as human beings when they deserve and need it, and whether or not they are or are not members of our team.

  • Hoosier_PD

    Yogi and Troy have been in trouble. It would be nice to have kids that have been in the program for several years to set an example. Obviously your choices are not doing that.

  • IUPatrick

    You are humorous Hoosier PD I’ll give you that. These are not MY choices… Yogi, Troy, Colin and Nick will be the leaders/captains of this team. Along with Burton. YOUR “Being in trouble” emphasis is completely over-exaggerated. These are kids and they are not all freaked out or looking down at Yogi or Troy. Yogi got caught (by Excise) for going into Kilroys with an illegal ID and Troy failed a drug test. Yogi was a Solph… Troy was a Frosh. Wow – If I played for IU I would ask Troy and Yogi to wear scarlet letters because I certainly could not look up to them or believe they could lead my team. I would wager that none of the current Frosh or Solph even know specifics of these incidents let alone have a smidgen of disrespect for either of these guys. Quite the contrary – they are depending on them to help them, encourage them, motivate them etc… Your case holds no water. Players have already spoken of their respect for Yogi, Colin and Nick. There are other issues (ie poor defense) but who will be leading this team is not one of them.

  • Hoosier_PD

    I am not being humorus, this is a serious issue. If the names you are listing above are such good examples, why do we continue to have issues?

  • IUPatrick

    Well you are cracking me up because Yogi and Troy are not a serious issue. We are talking about players who the younger players see as leaders and look up to – and they – along with Colin and Nick and Ryan are at the top of that list… along with RJ and JB. And yes – they are good examples… guys who learned from their mistakes and are having great careers at IU. Guys who have improved every year and work their butts off… that is not humorous either… that should be applauded rather than taking swipes at them as if they are bad guys with no redeeming qualities and can’t lead after making a mistake no matter how small or big those mistakes were. And you also are not thinking like a kid at that age either – thinking like the younger guys who look up to Yogi and Troy – have seen them on TV, have gone to IU visits. You are seeing Yogi and Troy … well… like you… which is pretty narrow-minded and with tunnel vision – fixated on believing that they simply can’t be a winner or leader. Yogi and Troy have not had an incident since … regardless how you feel about it. Yogi and Troy are not “continuing to have these issues” as you mentioned …IU is having these problems with other players. And that lies at the feet of CTC and the athletic department. No other high level Div I program are having these problems and the blame has to start at the top.

  • Hoosier_PD

    What i stated is true and you don’t need to expound and tell me what i am trying to say. I said Yogi and Troy had been in trouble previously, i didn’t say they were an issue now.

  • IUPatrick

    Actually that is exactly what you are insinuating. Your responses are based on either “too many transfers” or the “past troubles” these guys have been in. And this is your reasoning on why they can’t be leaders of the team. “out of your nominations only Hartman… has not been in any trouble” . Also – “if the names you are listing are such good examples then why…” Also – “It would be nice to have kids who have not been in trouble”. All these point to the fact that you believe these kids (specifically Yogi and Troy) cannot possibly be leaders because they’ve been in trouble. Which is not the case. Also – regarding your insistence there are too many transfers – 4 of the players I mentioned (Yogi, Burton, Hartman & Troy) are either a Sr or Jr – and have not transferred. That is a more than enough experienced leaders/captains for a team of 15 guys. Oh and BTW – one transfer – Nick is a leader on this team… regardless of transferring. So there is your 5th. Those are your responses about these good kids to my point that they are leaders and kids look up to them. You don’t see them as leaders because of their past issues… I agree to strongly disagree.

  • Hoosier_1158

    Like i said, there have been a large amount of transfers (15) since CTC came to Bloomington. CTC recently said he would have a difficult time naming a leader. I didn’t list any leaders, i just agreed with one of the names you mentioned Collin.

  • IUPatrick

    And the ones who have stayed (through these transfers) are the leaders… which doesn’t “just” include Hartman. Many of the kids who are new on the team didn’t even know or have a relationship with many of those transfers (Hollowell, Fischer etc…) But most have built relationships with the ones who have toughed it out (Yogi, Collin, Troy, Burton) and all 4 are leaders. I’m speaking for what the underclassmen feel for the current upperclassmen. And they don’t feel that just for Collin. What CTC said is an easy copout – “I can’t control my team so I will blame the players for not doing my job”. Pretty convenient. As mentioned we will agree to disagree.

  • Hoosier_1158

    And the ones who have stayed (through the transfers) are the leaders, and the problems continue to occur.

  • IUPatrick

    You are all over the place. One moment – too many transfers to have leaders … the next now we have leaders but we still have problems. Sounds to me you are finally agreeing we have leaders and somehow are blaming the problems on the leaders. Making a lot of sense there 1158. The buck stops at CTC’s desk… not at Yogi’s, not at Collin’s, not at Troy’s or Nick’s or Austin’s or Robert’s or Jame’s. Quit ripping these kids who have stayed and toughed it out. The one common denominator in all of these issues is CTC. He’s the coach – he runs the show and he has lost control of his program on several occasions.

  • Hoosier_1158

    I’m not all over the place, that was your comment I repeated.

  • Hoosier_1158

    Some of these players do not have the option to stay. A great leader would have Austin. However he had no desire to play out of position at the 4.

  • IUPatrick

    Yeah – you’ve never been all over the place. Just like when you mentioned “I said Troy and Yogi have been in trouble … I didn’t say they were an issue now” But a few posts later you say “The ones who have stayed are the leaders but we still have these problems”… what is it Leaders (Yogi and Troy) are not an issue now or they are the cause of the continued problems? That’s called a flip-flop. If you say they are not an issue and they meet all of your criteria – didn’t transfer and have been there long enough (Jr and Sr) then they are leaders. We know that younger players have expressed respect for some of these guys regardless of your disrespect. Speaking of problems – Duke – this upcoming season – has 1 Sr and 2 Jrs…. and one major transfer – very few issues. Our hated Kentucky – 1 Sr. & 2 Jr… and they usually have no seniors and they have transfers as well – very few issues. KU & Duke – two top universities with a little less experience than IU. I’m sure I could go on. No one is seeing major off the court issues with Coach K., Pitino, Calipari, Ryan, Self etc…. but for some reason CTC is in this constant influx and not having control over his program. Quit blaming the leaders of the team who younger guys have already expressed respect and deal with the source – CTC. Which was my main point in my original post.