It wouldn’t be an offseason these days in Bloomington, Ind. without a member of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team getting suspended. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Hoosiers basketball program has suspended forward Devin Davis from the team indefinitely after he received a citation for possession of marijuana.
ESPN.com is reporting that Davis was found with marijuana in his backpack after police were called to an on-campus apartment after a report of the smell of marijuana smoke came to them. The report also indicates that teammate Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present at the apartment but was not cited by police.
Davis was cited for possession of marijuana under 30 grams, resulting in the suspension.
Davis and Mosquera-Perea aren’t the only ones to recently get in trouble from the Hoosiers basketball program either.
Let’s just say the list of offenses and offenders are long since Tom Crean came to Bloomington, and once again no one on the team seems to be learning from the mistakes, punishments and public naming of those mistakes.
Most troubling is the fact that Davis was the teammate struck by Emmitt Holt last season, suffering a head injury. Holt was underage and cited for underage consumption and served a four game suspension for the matter.
Oh, and Davis was around to see teammates Stanley Johnson and Troy Williams serve four game suspensions for failed drug tests as well.
Are you seeing a bad pattern emerge here?
Mosquera-Perea’s name coming up at the apartment and his role are being investigated at this time too. It isn’t the first time Mosquera-Perea’s name has come up on the wrong side of decision-making either. He was previously cited and plead guilty to a DUI last September after a February arrest.
Currently Mosquera-Perea is subject to probation, so this incident could have further ramifications for the junior forward off the court as well.
Somewhere the buck needs to stop with Crean and the kind of decisions being made on the recruiting trail. One or two players getting in trouble with the law for minor violations is bound to happen, but when it becomes a nearly annual event, there’s more to the story than just “kids will be kids.”
Crean and Co. need to take a serious look in the mirror and figure out how to reach these kids before they make life-altering decisions in a negative fashion. Somewhere the message Crean and the athletic department are trying to get across is falling on deaf ears, and that’s the real problem here.