Bryant, Holt cited for alcohol

Freshman big man Thomas Bryant and sophomore forward Emmitt Holt were cited by excise police last week for illegal possession of alcohol.

Basketball season has not yet started, but two Indiana players are already in trouble.

According to a report from TV station WTHR-13 in Indianapolis, excise police cited Indiana freshman Thomas Bryant and sophomore Emmitt Holt for illegal possession of alcohol early Saturday morning last week.

For Holt, this is his second time in less than a year that he's been in trouble with the law.

In early November 2014, he was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21 after accidentally hitting then-IU teammate Devin Davis. Holt was suspended four games as a result of the incident.

The incident marks Indiana's six alcohol- or drug-related incident since former Hoosier forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea's arrest in Feb. 2014.

Indiana athletics released the following statement Monday evening:

"We are aware that mens' 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."

UPDATE: Here are the details 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 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 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.

According to the release, Bryant and Holt will have to appear in a Monroe County court at a later date. The release also states that the other three passengers did not receive citations.

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