Former high school basketball star Emoni Bates arrested after gun found in car he was driving

Emoni Bates, a former high school star who moved from Memphis to eastern Michigan this summer, was arrested in Superior Township, Michigan, Sunday night after sheriff’s deputies discovered a firearm in a vehicle he was driving.

Derrick Jackson, the public information officer for the Superior Township, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, told ESPN that officers at an intersection “initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle that didn’t stop.”

Bates was charged with both carrying a concealed weapon and altering “ID tags” on a firearm. He was arraigned on Monday and his attorney, Steve Haney, asked that a plea of ​​not guilty be made on his behalf.

According to Haney, the judge agreed to a non-monetary personal guarantee of recognition for Bates’ immediate release from prison. Bates’ next court date is scheduled for October 6.

Haney told ESPN that the arrest came after a routine traffic stop Sunday night when Bates was driving a borrowed car that had a gun in it. “Reserve judgment on this,” Haney said in a statement. “There’s a lot more to the story than that. He borrowed someone’s car, was pulled over and a gun was found in the car.”

Bates, a 6-foot-9 small forward, was considered one of the nation’s elite basketball players throughout his high school career, ranking first in the 2022 class until he was reclassified last summer, finishing at No. 3 in 2021 .

He originally signed for Michigan State in the summer of 2020 and then resumed his enlistment in April 2021 before reclassifying from 2022 to 2021 and signing for Memphis.

His only season under coach Penny Hardaway was uneven. He missed 15 of 33 games with a back injury that forced him to return home to see a specialist and he struggled when he was on the ground.

Bates averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds with the Tigers.

WXYZ in Detroit first reported on Bates’ arrest.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello contributed to this report.

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