Basketball player Emoni Bates is asking for forgiveness after a ‘poor decision’ led to his gun arrest. Bates says he hopes he can inspire others to learn from his mistake.

“The crazy thing about living your life on stage is the inability to escape judgment, and experience the growing pains of lie as a normal adolescent – privately,” Bates said in a statement.

“I hold myself accountable for making a poor decision, and hope you can forgive me as I grow because this will not be my last mistake, however; a lasting stigma to remind me of the severity of such a mistake.”

“I hope my mistake can inspire others to think before acting,” he added. “Growth is a lifetime experience, I will harness the value within this lesson and continue to be of service to my community.”