IU basketball fans dissappointed in players after suspensions

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2014)-- Indiana University basketball fans are speaking out after three players were suspended this week.

Sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson failed drug tests and were suspended for the beginning of the season.

The news came after an alcohol-related accident involving two other IU basketball players.

Emmitt Holt, 18, was suspended for the accident that injured teammate Devin Davis, Jr. Police said Holt had been drinking and driving when he ran over Davis, seriously injuring him. Davis Jr., 19, had been drinking as well.

​These incidents are just the latest in a string of trouble for the team this year.

In February, Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested on a drunk driving charge, and then Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were charged for underage drinking in April.

"I think it's been a bad deal ever since it started in February," said freshman fan Jake Brashear.

"It's definitely damaging to our reputation at IU," added Senior DeShawn Tyree Wells. "These are supposed to be the exemplary figures for us so they set the precedent."

Junior Lindsey Rector and her friends were disappointed in the players who are held to higher standards.

"It's just not really fair, because they get scholarships and then they can't even handle not getting in trouble for like the simplest things and we're over here working hard and we don't get scholarships and gonna end up graduating in debt," she said.

So who should be held responsible? Many fans told FOX59 the blame should only be put on the players involved and not the coaching staff.

"Tom Crean has been known to really make players work hard and become better independent individuals not just on the court but off the court. So I think it's a little bit ludicrous to blame Tom Crean,” said Brashear.

"I think there has to be some type of reform as to how to deal with this type of behavior," added Wells. "But you can't blame what these people are doing on someone else. Ultimately it's the guys that are doing this type of action to have to be responsible for those actions."

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