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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  • IUPatrick

    We have Yogi (SR), Zeisloft (Sr), Williams (Jr), Hartman (Jr), Burton (Sr)… looks like a good upper class to me.

  • SilentBob

    Not everyone is lucky enough to be raised a Zeller nor is everyone the same. I’m sure Cody made a mistake or two on campus too. Just didn’t happen to be of a nature related to alcohol. And not everybody cleans out their closet in front of their fans. He is worshipped by fans because of his golden child status, and his parents are making money off a book right now because of their supposed superior parenting methods.

  • No, not required, but since he said something, it allows us to analyze his thought process.

    I still think it’s a mistake to dismiss him, but there are likely things we don’t know about the situation that also contributed to his dismissal, not just the simple infraction.

  • TomJameson

    We have a different opinion on WHY the rules, or standards, are different for ALL of the student/athletes. There is a difference in the focus of attention and the team rules … but that’s not why I’m responding to you.

    I take exception when you say some act like he needs to join rehab. Nowhere have I seen anybody say he has a problem with drink. His “problem” has always been his judgement, and getting himself in the spotlight for doing what he, as a student/athlete, knows is against the team rules.

  • SilentBob

    Of course it sounds hollow. It was forced and the only poor judgement he showed, as far as I’m concerned, is not waiting to make sure his drunk friend got in the door before pulling away from the curb.

  • SilentBob

    Life isn’t fair. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to make it more just.

  • TomJameson

    That’s the first time I’ve ever heard him called Mr. First Strike. I’m assuming it’s TB, and you are calling him that because, as he was following the lead of Mr. Second Strike, he got into trouble and received his first infraction for not following team rules.

  • SilentBob

    They should follow the rules laid before players which isn’t complete dismissal from the program. Also they are being punished by the ridiculous rules by the law.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think it is a lack of respect for the coaches as much as it is a “rules don’t apply to me” mindset. To focus on oneself leads to a disregard for others … the program, the coaches, the rules, etc… and ultimately it can turn around and hurt the individual. Example … what we just saw in the EH saga for the last 9 months or so.

    The other side of that coin is a Cody Zeller. When he said he didn’t have a drink while in college, I believed him. That’s what following the rules means … those same rules that you agreed to at the beginning. It simply comes down to keeping your word.

    Insolence ??? I don’t think so. In my mind it’s thinking that “I won’t get caught … it won’t happen to me … It’s okay because everybody is doing it …” Bad thinking when there is a focus on the IU BB team in this area.

  • SilentBob

    To me it’s unknown and neither likely or unlikely that there was something else going on. From everything I’ve heard he is a great worker, student, and has an even better personality.

  • Bill Graham

    I’ve worked in and around Washington and practically everyone (even in rival Jasper and Vincennes) has positive things to say about the family…on the other hand its not hard to send boys to the NBA when there is 3 of them and they all are over 6-8…Cody was just a straight laced kid…it wasn’t because of basketball he was just that way. Heck he wouldn’t even drink the big handsome at Roys…

  • Bill Graham

    I remember a friend of mine telling me about how he always ran into Watford and Vic at parties. Heck I ran into Tommy P one night at Roys (and he was….) and we all know about Will’s reputation. My point is I don’t blame Emmitt for being a normal college kid…I blame him for getting caught….but I wish him the best regardless.

  • PBzeer

    There ya go … it’s a ridiculous law, so I don’t have to obey it. Yeah, that’ll fly.

  • PBzeer

    Apology for the down vote, hit it by mistake.

    How many chances would make the dismissal just?

  • GERBILSAURUSREX

    Sorry to be that guy, but the word is accept.

  • SilentBob

    Not true and not what I’m saying. I’m just saying their penalty should be fair. But to be honest I do believe we should be teaching 18 ur olds to drink responsibly instead of being foolish and expecting them not to drink at all.

  • ForeverIU

    It’s the same thing, Tom. “Rules don’t apply to me” is a sort of lack of regard for CTC and others. If I loved and admired my coach, I’d give up drinking. I’d even give up sex for him, LOL! Well, only in public places.

  • ForeverIU

    You are so WRONG, CreanFaithful! Never, never ask IUMIKE to trim his sentences. I love the long, meandering, winding, smooth, fluid Michaelian sentence. It’s classic. It’s Faulknerian. It’s one long jazz riff. It is unrivaled. Now go tell that guy in your avatar to trim his pressers! LOL!

  • ForeverIU

    “Right now, either our coaches are unable to effectively impress the value of being an IU athlete on these guys or IU is taking too many chances recruiting. Or possibly both. I don’t think it’s a lot more complicated than that.”

    But this is as complicated as it gets, no?

  • SeeingRed

    Not really. If the coaches can’t recruit and maintain teams that meet expectations on and off the court/field, they should be fired and new coaches should be given chances to do exactly that.

    In the end, if a player keeps screwing up he deserves the boot. If a coach keeps bringing in players who keep screwing up, eventually, HE also deserves the boot. The only question is when is that threshold reached? In regard to basketball, some would say we’re there.

  • ForeverIU

    LOL, now I know what you mean by simple.

  • MikeinNC

    Geez, the grammar in that note is horrific….at least we know he truly did author this himself without any editing or proofreading from anyone else.

  • SilentBob

    I guess if I had to choose I’d do a three strike policy for minor infractions. However what I really want is rule that are clearly spelled out for players the day they arrive instead of this make it up as you go nonsense. Really we as a state and country should be reviewing these laws and rules. I think it’s quite clear these laws don’t agree with the moral standard of society. Anytime that happens the law does more damage then good. And when a law does more damage then good then it’s a bad law.

  • MikeinNC

    I think it is a given that college kids are going to party. The question is, will they exercise the necessary judgment and common sense to keep it out of the public eye? Now more than ever, this is harder to do given the prevalence of smartphones and social media.

  • Bled4IU

    thanks, didn’t think it looked right to begin with.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    ‘ 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’.

    wow, that’s some apology. kid hasn’t learned a thing.

  • ForeverIU

    Polished English is for dweebs, LOL.

  • millzy32

    I think you are right it isn’t really an apology as much as it is saying “Hey everybody I got screwed and woe is me”.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m glad! There’s nothing learn, other than to become a bit more wily.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m glad that Emmitt riled up some of the holier-than-thou’s. Smooth, smart play. Deserves a toast!

  • VanPastorMan

    Jordy,Victor,Christian, and Will didn’t have any issues in the press as far as I remember. There has to be something in Holt’s personality where he could not recognize what an opportunity he had and what he was doing would screw it up. My main point was he should have just said, screwed up, I’m sorry, and I’ll do better. Leaving out the,”everybody is doing it” line would have been in his best interest imho.

  • ForeverIU

    I actually feel we’re there. Emmitt Holt was my sign from the basketball gods. I didn’t care any more about the minutiae of who did what. One more sailor lost, and the captain pays. I’m boycotting games because I don’t have the heart to watch this ship sink.

    The bigger question for me: Is change at the level of the coach enough, or is the problem deeper/higher?

  • IMSKRONG

    And could have Yogi, Hollowell, Perea, Williams, Stan, Fischer, Davis, Hartman.

  • ForeverIU

    Zeisloft is not in the game enough.
    Hartman has not been present enough (injury, etc.).
    Who is Burton?
    Troy can’t pass the ball (a leader has to be able to facilitate).
    Yogi is not a leader. He would have been one by now.

    Edit: I think RJ and JBJ have more leadership qualities than anyone else on the team.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    and you obviously aint learnt a damn thing neither. i’m glad!

  • SilentBob

    I don’t think it will have much of an impact on him either way. Personally I get tired of political correctness and like truthfulness and honesty. He said why he did it and than apologized. Seems good to me. Also I just can’t get down with the line of thought that it’s okay as long as you don’t get caught. It’s either okay or it’s not okay.

  • ForeverIU

    i’m content with that too, lol. by the way i love that i can just go lowercase with you. it’s refreshing not to have to worry about my english!

  • TomJameson

    Well, I know you meant that tongue-in-cheek, but on the simplest level it is true.

    The bottom line is that they have to stay out of the public eye for any off-court antics. To do that, they need to stay out of public bars, don’t buy/transport liquor in public, don’t do foolish things like park outside a public, and popular, liquor store with alcohol in your possession, etc…

    Does that mean become more wily, or does it mean just use better judgement? I would call it using more judgement. Especially when ICE in Indiana is using Ball State, DePauw, and IU as the current ‘targets’ for the program. (where is Purdue on that list???)

  • ForeverIU

    Why do you think it’s tongue-in-cheek, Tom? I love that you have a sense of irony, but I actually mean what I said as is.

    But I’m also beginning to think some of our players have developed a sense of self-sabotage. They see their buddies being booted out, and they become reckless. I’m not being judgmental here, just saying that’s how it is to me as an observer.

  • TomJameson

    I’ll repeat what even you may have said Bob. It’s not really the possession charge that got him dismissed from the team, it’s the public nature of the infraction, it’s the bad judgement used in several ways in that one incident, and it’s the track record of his (and the team).

    CTC, has to get tough somewhere and sometime, and he’s been working up to this level of toughness. I’m just sorry EH didn’t see it coming. Come on, 2 players were just dismissed for similar circumstances (although an “anonymous tip” threw a monkey wrench into that one). Seems to me that’s a time to lay low.

    I don’t get behind the whole political correctness thing either, but I can certainly understand why CTC is getting tougher and tougher on the discipline.

  • ForeverIU

    But he is getting “tougher and tougher” on players he himself recruited! These players have a pattern of behavior (forget whether we approve or disapprove of their behavior for a moment), and CTC has a pattern of recruiting them. How is CTC not culpable as well?

  • TomJameson

    I thought you were poking fun because of your “nothing to learn” and become more “wily” comments.

    You know Forever, I’ve never been what you would call naïve, having had an “interesting” childhood. But even the most naïve people I’ve ever met would still see that if a certain behavior gets you kicked off the team, they would quit that behavior. Or at least be more careful and stop being so overt about it all.

    I really don’t think they are getting more reckless, it’s just tough to do anything in public when certain activities are being targeted. Personally, if being an IU basketball player meant anything to me, I would stop that activity and focus on my game. EXPECIALLY if I wanted to pursue a pro career. Plenty of time to party then! LOL

  • TomJameson

    I think that pattern you speak of is something almost ALL youth are going through. I think of them as the ME generation. Of course there are exceptions, I know some excellent kids that age, but overall it is going that direction.

    How can any coach know how a person will act when they make the step … no, the gigantic leap … from high school to college. That is a HUGE change … in environment, in peers, in responsibility, etc… If they can get past their freshmen years it usually levels out somewhat. I’ve given the same advice for many years to kids in my youth group going to college … stay focused on academics the first year and get used to college life.

  • BeatDuke

    Stop with the ‘small infraction’ vs. ‘got what he deserved.’ IU players, go ahead and drink and smoke – but don’t go out in PUBLIC. Stay INSIDE. If you are smoking, don’t do it on Campus where the smell can summon the police. Very simple. Most of us posting on here partied at IU, but stayed inside (THAT is being an ordinary college kid). Taking this stuff outside where you can get caught (mini-mart, trying to get in a bar, driving drunk, or letting smoke billow outside), while very thrilling given the danger, is where you deviate from the ‘ordinary college kid’ (besides being easily recognizable in public and on scholarship). If you choose to go out into public with pot/alcohol, that is so stupid that you deserve what ever comes your way.

  • IUPatrick

    So let me get this right – those are your ideas of leadership? Not in the game enough? Injured? Can’t pass the ball? Those have little to do with actual leadership. Have you ever been part of organized sports? Zeisloft took the reigns coming in brand new last year and everyone looked up to him immediately. He was leading press conferences as the new guy. A few players have said how much they look up to Hartmann simply because of the way he came back from his injuries. And he was a huge example on the court because of exactly that. A player doesn’t actually have to play (like Burton) to become one of the leaders. I don’t even know what to say about your comment about Williams. If you just want to talk on the court which apparently is what you are all about then no one the team displays more athleticism than Troy and has improved tremendously from his first to his second year. Trust me – younger players want to be like Troy. And the Yogi comment is the dumbest you’ve made so far. If your comparisons is (again) what they have done on the court Yogi by far is THE Leader. Going from facilitator only his Frosh year to a scorer his Solph to both his Jr. He is the main man on that team and everyone under him knows it.

  • IUPatrick

    Exactly and leadership is about guys who listen, stay under the bad circumstances and play by the rules. I wouldn’t want Hollowell, Perea and Stan back. They weren’t leaders. I’ll stick with the players we have.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    couldn’t agree more. and what’s sad is the kid still doesn’t get it. he’s taking a jab at the very people he’s thanking by essentially saying he did nothing wrong. and his rock solid reasoning? because everybody else does it. to him it’s a vital part of the college experience. so vital that it’s worth wrecking both your basketball career and your education in one shot (pun intended).

    funny he made no mention in his ‘apology’ about how dumb he was to pull this crap again, knowing he was one mistake away from getting dismissed, knowing the negative impact it could have on his team (both in the media and on the court), after seeing his friend almost get killed! he gave absolutely zero context to the reality of the situation. did he forget everything that happened leading up to horrible decision? or is he simply too ‘wily’ to man up and own his stupidity?

  • IUMIKE1

    The Wayne’s World, “we’re not worthy” type praise from ForeverIU aside, LOL, you’re right about needing to find a paragraph break somewhere in there. A lot of the time I get going and it’s all my fingers can do to keep up with what is whizzing through my mind. If someone is willing to read through some of my mini-novel length comments, the least I could do is take a breath long enough to put some of those in.

    I agree with you on that if he had said something like that people would have come down on him for it. At the same time though, you and I both know that Crean had to have given this most recent incident a whooooole lot of thought and didn’t make that statement right after being made aware of what had happened. He had had more than just a day or so to mull over every single aspect of it down to the finest details. IMHO, he should have remembered that he didn’t say something like that, even though it applied, when DD was on the other end of the situation and so in fairness it wasn’t right to connect that type of quote to EH when he was on that end of the situation. I’m not saying that EH didn’t deserve to take some public lashings over what happened, he some of that coming, but rather not in a way that another player was spared from regardless of the political correctness involved at that particular time.

    It’s kinda silly I guess when I feel the need to give a single sentence, whether it was wrong or not, this many words and so much time. I guess I still have a really bad taste in my mouth with how I feel like it was mishandled. I know more than a couple of people think I feel that way simply because I think we would have a better chance of winning more games if he was on the team, or that he didn’t do anything wrong, but that isn’t it at all. Having spent time being the one on the end that determined if punishment is warranted, and if so, how harsh it should be, and what should be said to who, I maybe look at things like this a little bit different than some. It also probably doesn’t help that I handled a situation that I see as very similar, (and of course not on a high major Div 1 level) and due to specific circumstances, that player was given one last chance that came along with some very harsh punishments of varying degrees and he finally had the light come on. After graduating, then going on to college and obtaining a Masters Degree, he looked me up and credited me giving him that one last chance as one of the main reasons he even graduated let alone going on to get that kind of degree. Now I’m not so naive that I think every time someone does something like that you are going to get that result, or even something close to it, but I guess it makes me a little biased and more willing to err on that side of a situation like EH’s.

    My ex always said I overthink way too many things, maybe she’s right on this one. Anyway, chapter two of my mini-novel complete I guess, but hey, at least I used paragraph breaks this time. LOL

  • Hoosier_PD

    Too many transfers every year. Out of your nominations above only Hartman has been at IU for a few years and not got in any trouble.

  • SilentBob

    I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one. I for one am getting tired of this and am happy to start talking basketball again!