IU basketball players cited for illegal alcohol possession

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Two Indiana University basketball players were cited early Saturday morning on preliminary charges of illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.

According to a release from the Indiana State Excise Police, Emmit D. Holt, 19, and Thomas J. Bryant, 18, were each issued citations at approximately 12:50 a.m. after officers said they saw them in possession of a bottle of vodka while seated in a parked vehicle.

Police said the vehicle was in a supermarket with five people inside. The release said Holt was in the backseat trying to conceal a 750 milliliter bottle of vodka. The release also indicated Bryant was seen trying to conceal a bottle containing more than a liter of vodka.

Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass released this statement at 5:24 p.m. on 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.

The school has not taken disciplinary action yet. Holt is a sophomore forward and Bryant is a freshman on the team.

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.

This is the second time Holt has had a run-in with the law. In November of 2014, Holt was cited for misdemeanor underage drinking after hitting teammate Devin Davis with his SUV, according to a police report. Davis was hospitalized with a brain injury. The school’s release at the time said Holt’s BAC was 0.025.

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