BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2014)-- Indiana University men’s basketball’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell spoke to the media Tuesday about the controversy surrounding basketball team.
The junior point guard Ferrell said he has taken responsibility for the recent actions of his teammates and demanded the other players do so as well.
"We, the Indiana basketball team, have let down our fans, family and friends, and those before that have made Indiana basketball what it is today,” said Ferrell. “We are embarrassed by our actions, even I have made mistakes. I have owned up to those mistakes. Me, being a leader of the team, I have to hold guys more accountable to their actions and what those actions can do to this program.”
"What did you learn from your arrest?" asked FOX59 of Ferrell.
"I learned a lot. I learned that my actions are my myself as if someone has been watching me. I feel like I have turned a new leaf," said Ferrell.
Monday, head coach Tom Crean announced sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson would be suspended four games each after failing drug tests.
The news of the suspension came just days after an alcohol-related accident involving two other players. Over the weekend, freshman Emmitt Holt, 18, struck sophomore teammate Devin Davis after dropping him off in a parking lot near the intersection of 17th Street and Indiana Avenue. When emergency crews arrived to the scene, they found Davis lying in the street, suffering from a head wound.
IU officials said Davis’ condition is improving as he recovers at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Holt was also suspended for the beginning of the 2014-15 basketball season, and he was cited for illegal consumption of alcohol and operating under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21. He originally registered a blood alcohol content of 0.025 after the incident.
The recent incidents are just the latest in a string of problems with the IU squad. Back in February, forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested on a drunk-driving charge. Two months later, players Ferrell and Robinson were arrested on charges of minor consumption and possession of false identification.
When asked what he says to those who call for Crean to step down, Ferrell replied, "The root cause is the entire team, ourselves. It has nothing to do with the coaching staff. Coaching staff is great...get us ready for each game. It's just with the team. We don't hold each other accountable."
The IU men’s basketball team will kick off the season Thursday with an exhibition game against Northwood University at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.