Emmitt Holt, Thomas Bryant cited for illegal alcohol possession

  • 08/24/2015 4:41 pm in

Indiana sophomore forward Emmitt Holt and freshman forward Thomas Bryant were cited for illegal possession of alcohol early Saturday morning. The news was first reported by Jennie Runevitch of WTHR.com.

State excise police say the citations were given at 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, August 22.

Here’s the full release from the excise police:

Bloomington, Ind. (Aug. 24) – Indiana State Excise Police officers cited two members Indiana University’s basketball team early Saturday morning on the preliminary charges of illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.

Emmitt D. Holt, 19, and Thomas J. Bryant, 18, were each issued citations at approximately 12:50 a.m. after uniformed officers allegedly observed each of them in possession of a bottle of vodka while they were seated in a parked vehicle in which they were passengers in.

The vehicle was parked in the lot of Convenient Food Mart located at 1401 N. Dunn St. Officers were alerted to the five people seated inside the vehicle when Holt allegedly attempted to conceal a 750 milliliter bottle of vodka as an officer walked past it. Holt, who was a backseat passenger in the vehicle, reportedly shouted to alert the front seat passenger of the officer’s presence. The officer then allegedly observed the front seat passenger, Bryant, attempt to conceal a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka.

Bryant and Holt were each issued summonses and released from the scene. They will be required to appear in a Monroe County court at a later date. The three other occupants of the vehicle were not cited for any offenses.

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.

Indiana released the following statement early Monday evening.

“We are aware that men’s basketball players Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant were each cited Friday for underage possession of alcohol. We take this matter very seriously and are continuing to gather information.”

Bryant, 18, is entering his first season at IU and played at Huntington Prep and is a native of Rochester, New York.

Holt, 19, was the driver of a car that struck Devin Davis last November. He had a blood alcohol content of .025 at the time of the accident and was suspended for IU’s two exhibition games and first two regular season games.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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  • calbert40

    Haha! I don’t hate RMK. I don’t revere and deify him like so many around here seem to do, though. I find it so funny that if one questions RMK, he’s a hater, but if one points out one thing about Crean that is less than “he is terrible,” he is a Crean lover. Just an interesting dynamic. The only reason I brought up the embarrassment is that people were talking about how embarrassing the drinking incidents are to the program and Crean. Yes, those things need to be cleaned up, but at least our coach doesn’t act like a toddler throwing tantrums. He only got by with it, because we won while he was here. It certainly wasn’t because he was a man of such high character.

    RMK was a great coach, and by most measures did well by his players during and after school. As you suggest, he did a lot of great things for IU…the program and the school. However, you must acknowledge he did act like a fool quite frequently in a manner that could be seen as embarrassing to the university and the program.

    He was convicted of a crime in Puerto Rico, he had numerous incidents with physically handling players in an inappropriate manner, choked a guy in a restaurant, refused to finish an exhibition game due to poor officiating….the list could go on and on.

  • calbert40

    I used the 7 years, because that is how many years it took RMK to win as many NCAA games as Crean in the last four. It wasn’t cherry picking at all. Somewhere else on one of these boards, I went all the way back to RMK’s last NCAA title and compared it to Crean’s last four years. The stats were almost identical, and that was comparing nearly 50 percent of RMK’s tenure to Crean. I didn’t post this stuff to suggest Crean is as good of a coach as RMK, because he isn’t. I post it to point out that so many fans are irrational when it comes to their views on Crean.