Detroit big man Eli Holman was placed on an indefinite leave of absence due to unspecified "personal matters," but the student newspaper has since reported the school's announcement Tuesday came after the paper had inquired about a police report containing an allegation that the the 6-foot-10 senior had assaulted a fellow student at a fraternity party.
From The Varsity News:
UDM senior Brad Harbison told Detroit Police that Holman assaulted him in the early-morning hours Saturday, Sept. 17, at a party at the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house at 16800 Fairfield.
In a Detroit Police report, officer Kenneth Cawley noted that Harbison said Holman struck him "in the nose and mouth with a closed fist two times then left. Mr. Harbison was conveyed to Beaumont Hospital by a friend at 2 a.m."
Harbison told The Varsity News that Holman broke his nose in two places and chipped two of his teeth.
Athletic director Keri Gaither told the paper the removal of the Horizon League's top rebounder from team activities wasn't directly related to the alleged assault, but rather, "It's in conjunction with a series of personal issues." Detroit coach Ray McCallum would not confirm the incident caused the leave of absence in an interview with the Detroit Free Press, adding, "I don't know when he will rejoin the team."
Holman was involved in a previous incident that involved campus police at Indiana while informing the Hoosiers coach Tom Crean he was transferring.
At some point, Holman became agitated and ended up knocking over a potted plant.
Crean told The [Indianapolis] Star he believed Holman had been "coached up" on what to say before meeting with him. Holman publicly apologized to Crean a day later, the same day the player's release was granted.
Since then, he has led the Horizon League in rebounding for the past two seasons. As a junior, he averaged 11.8 points and 9.6 rebounds, establishing himself as a big reason why Detroit could have a breakout season.
But now the Titans will have to wait to see what legal ramifications Holman might face from the fraternity house incident.