In an interview with television station Fox 59, Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell expressed remorse on Tuesday for the disciplinary issues exhibited by he and several of his teammates in recent days and months.
A total of six Indiana players have been involved in criminal incidents or behaviors dating to February, including Ferrell. The junior said the team has let down the program and everyone who supports it with its actions.
Inside The Hall detailed Ferrell's remarks:
“We, the Indiana basketball team, have let down our fans, family and friends and those before that have made Indiana basketball what it is today. We are embarrassed by our actions. Even I have made mistakes and I’ve owned up to those mistakes.
“And me being a leader of the team, I have to hold guys more accountable for their actions and what their actions can do to this program. Coach Crean has emphasized to us that the decisions that we make have to be good decisions and us being adults, we have made bad adult decisions. We have taken full responsibility for these actions."
The problems began with center Hanner Mosquera-Perea's arrest on preliminary drunk driving charges in February last season. Two months later, Ferrell and forward Stanford Robinson were charged with consumption of an alcoholic beverage by a minor and possession of false identification, for which the pair entered pretrial diversion programs in September.
Last weekend, forward Devin Davis was left in serious condition when he was struck by a car driven by freshman teammate Emmitt Holt, who was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a BAC above 0.02. Davis was ruled by police to be mostly to blame for the incident.
In his interview, Ferrell said head coach Tom Crean was not to blame for the recent spate of problems among the players. Instead, Ferrell placed the blame on the team and pointed to the wider culture in society that, in his view, promotes "impulse decisions."
In the latest update about his status, Davis was said to be improving, with normal speech and full use of his extremities.
Indiana begins its season Thursday with an exhibition against Northwood (Mi.).
- Ben Estes