Indiana basketball players Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were arrested on preliminary alcohol-related charges in the early Friday morning hours, the Indiana Excise Police said.
Ferrell and Robinson face preliminary charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and possessing a fake ID, excise police said in a statement.
Ferrell was Indiana's leading scorer this past season as a sophomore point guard. Robinson, also a guard, was a key reserve for most of his freshman season.
They become the second and third IU players to face alcohol-related charges in recent months. Forward Hanner-Mosquera Perea was charged with operating while intoxicated in February.
Here is the release from the Indiana State Excise Police:
Excise Officers Arrest Two Indiana University Basketball Players
Bloomington, Ind. (April 25th)
Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested two members of the Indiana University Men's Basketball team early this morning. Kevin D. Ferrell, 20, of Indianapolis, and Stanford B. Robinson, 18, of Landover, Maryland, were each preliminarily charged with Minor Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage and Possession of a False Identification.
At approximately 1:00 am, Ferrell and Robinson allegedly attempted to enter Kilroy's Sports Bar located at 319 North Walnut using false identifications. Indiana State Excise Police officers working inside the premise recognized the identifications to be false at that time.
Ferrell and Robinson were each issued summonses and released. The two will be required to appear in Monroe County Court on Sunday, April 27th at 8:30 am.
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana's Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.
Here are comments from IU coach Tom Crean, Ferrell and Robinson:
"We are aware of the two infractions with a couple of the guys on our team. 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. We had too many players that had a maturity problem all year and that maturity has not grown yet to where it needs to be. This isn't about a time of year or a special week on campus. This is about poor judgment, selfishness of actions, and disrespect for what this program stands for. 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. We have been successful in doing that in the past and will continue to demand those same principles."
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell
"I apologize for letting down my family, coaches, teammates and fans and truly regret the mistake I made. This is something I have to learn from, use better judgement and I have a responsibility as a leader on this team to make sure nothing like this happens again."
"I'm very sorry for my actions. I know I have embarrassed my family and this program and have let a lot of people down. I have no excuses for the mistakes I made and I take full responsibility for them."