After a disappointing basketball season, Indiana received more troubling news off the court.
Hoosiers guards Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were arrested in Bloomington early Friday on preliminary charges of underage possession of alcohol and possessing fake identification.
“One of our big problems on the court this year was solid decision-making, which directly mirrors our lack of decision-making off the court,”Indianacoach Tom Crean said in a statement released by the school.
Three players have been arrested for alcohol-related issues in two months. The rash of bad news began in February, whenIndianacenter Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.
Indiana State Excise Police spokesman Brandon Thomas said Ferrell, 20, and Robinson, 18, were released and scheduled for an initial court appearance on Sunday.
The charges are Class C misdemeanors. If convicted, Ferrell and Robinson could face a year’s suspension of all driving privileges.
Excise officers patrolling the town during its Little 500 weekend handled the incident, which occurred just after1 a.m.at Kilroy’s Sports Bar.
“This isn’t about a time of year or a special week on campus,” Crean said. “This is about poor judgment, selfishness of actions and disrespect for what this program stands for.”
Ferrell, the leading scorer on a team that went 17-15 and ended its season in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, is considered the face ofIndiana’s storied program.
“I have a responsibility as a leader to make sure nothing like this happens again,” the sophomore said in a statement. “I apologize for letting down my family, coaches, teammates and fans and truly regret the mistake I made.”
Robinson, a freshman who started nine games and averaged 16.9 minutes, said he had “no excuse” and accepted “full responsibility” for the alleged acts of drinking and presenting a fake ID.
Mosquera-Perea received a two-game suspension and was required to abide by certain conditions upon his return.
“We will continue as we have all year to push the responsibility of what it means to play in this basketball program and to represent yourself beyond reproach,” Crean said. “We have been successful in doing that in the past and will continue to demand those same principles.”
Ferrell, who will turn 21 on May 9, averaged 17.3 points and was named second-team All-Big Ten.
A message left at the bar was not immediately returned, and Thomas did not return requests for further comment on the matter.