Emonie Bates of eastern Michigan has stopped working as he faces gun charges

Ypsilanti — Eastern Michigan University basketball player Emoni James Wayne Bates, a top basketball dealer, is facing firearms charges after he was arrested during a Sunday night traffic stop in Washtenaw County.

Bates, 18, faces two criminal charges in Washtenaw County 14A-1 District Court, according to online court records.

One charge for carrying a concealed weapon. The other is to change the identification marks on a weapon or firearm. Both were ordered by the Washtenaw County Police Department.

University Athletics Director Scott Weatherby said in a statement Monday that Bates has been suspended from “practices and playing privileges” at Emu.

“We are aware of a situation regarding student men’s basketball, Emonie Bates,” the statement read. “Eastern Michigan University takes all allegations of this nature seriously. In accordance with department policy, he is automatically suspended from practice and playing privileges until the legal process is resolved. As this is an ongoing legal issue, the University will have no further comment at this time.”