Emoni Bates was once the best upcoming high school player in the country that people were sure would be a NBA lottery pick. He was the first sophomore player in High School history to win Gatorade National Player of the Year. However, his college career got off to a shaky start leading to him transferring from school to school before deciding to exit college altogether. Now his NBA career hopes may be over before his career even started after he got in serious trouble with the law.
Details on How Emoni Bates Got Arrested On Felony Gun Charges in Michigan
According to reports from WXYZ Detroit News, police reports confirm that Emoni Bates was stopped by police in Superior Charter Township, Michigan after he did not stop for a red light at an intersection. During the traffic stop police began searching his car for an unknown reason, and found an illegal gun hidden. Things got worse for him when police discovered Emoni possibly altered the serial number on the gun. However, Emoni Bates’ legal team claims that he borrowed the car he was in, and he didn’t know the gun was in the car.
How Many Years in Prison is Emoni Bates Facing for Felony Gun Charges?
Emoni Bates is being charged with carrying a concealed weapon, and altering identification numbers on a gun. According to Michigan lawbooks felony firearm possession can land you in prison for up to 5 years, and the fact that he allegedly tried to remove ID marks on the gun could tack on up to 2 more years. Overall it looks like he’s facing up to 7 years in prison.
Emoni Bates is currently in custody at a Michigan jail, and no details on his bail have been released. It’s safe to say there’s a high chance he may never play a game in the NBA unless he can somehow beat this case.