A month following his decision to withdraw from BYU and the BYU basketball team for the 2017–18 season, former BYU guard Nick Emery is speaking out for the first time.
In a blog post, Emery explained why he decided to withdraw from BYU and, in the process, settled some rumors he’s heard about himself. Emery said he decided to “put an end to all the craziness” after sleepless nights, school, basketball, his recent divorce, the NCAA investigation and his and his family’s safety added together.
In October, The Salt Lake Tribune broke the news that Emery was under investigation for allegedly accepting gifts from a BYU booster. The NCAA is continued the investigation following Emery’s decision to leave the program for a time.
Crediting his team and BYU administration for their support, Emery emphasized that his decision to withdrawn from BYU was entirely his own.
“This is 100% my decision and my decision only,” Emery wrote. “It has been quite the journey mentally and physically. But it was time to step down and take time to get myself back in all aspects of life and back to who I really am. I will work harder than I ever have on the basketball court and in my life goals.”
Addressing the rumor about him violating the Honor Code — a list of rules BYU students agree to follow while attending the university — Emery said the Honor Code Office has finished its investigation and he is cleared.
“It has been quite the journey mentally and physically. But it was time to step down and take time to get myself back in all aspects of life and back to who I really am.” — Nick Emery, former BYU basketball guard
“One thing the honor code does great at is get to know a person really well,” Emery wrote. “In my situation, I am so incredibly grateful for this investigation because it only solidifies the facts and facts only. I was cleared of these false accusations, rumors and any wrongdoing by the honor code after they did their investigation.”
While he doesn’t address each rumor specifically, Emery calls attention to the dangers of feeding gossip.
“I want to make people aware of being careful of what you believe and ultimately what you say about people. Just because you hear something doesn’t mean it’s the truth,” Emery wrote. “You don’t know the truth and what is actually happening in their lives. They are fighting their own battles just like you are fighting yours. By being so consumed in someone else’s life, you are only masking your own problems. Gossip, drama, whatever you want to call it. Rise above it!”
Emery also reiterated his intention to return to BYU and to once again play for the basketball team.
“This experience has helped me be a better person and I will always continue to try and be my best self with everyone I meet,” Emery wrote. “Thank you to all my fans for the outpour of messages! This may be a bump in the road … but it doesn’t define me! For now, cheer on our boys! I am so proud of each one of them and they will continue to have a great season.
“I will be back Cougar Nation! I am a Cougar and always will be!”
As a freshman at BYU in 2015-16, Emery averaged 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He set the Cougar freshman record for 3-point field goals with 97 and helped BYU reach the semifinals of the NIT. Emery was named to the All-WCC Second Team and the All-WCC Freshman Team at the end of the season.
During the 2016–17 season, Emery posted averages of 13.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He also had a team-high 55 steals and hit 75 3-pointers. Emery became the fourth BYU player to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore.
Read the entire blog post here.