Iowa basketball's tumultuous offseason encountered a new problem on Friday, as Iowa announced that Cordell Pemsl would be suspended indefinitely. Per the Iowa release:
Pemsl Cited For OWI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa redshirt junior Cordell Pemsl was arrested by law enforcement early Friday morning in Iowa City for operating while intoxicated (OWI).
UI athletics department officials are in the process of gathering facts in regards to the incident. Pemsl will be suspended from all basketball related activities indefinitely and is subject to the rules and regulations of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and the rules and regulations of the basketball program.
Pemsl, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, has played in 67 career games, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Dumb dumb dumb.
Drinking and driving is, was, and always will be a terrible idea; we're thankful that at least no one was injured as a result of this incident. Drinking and driving is even stupider in the current era, though, given the abundance of options that exist to get people home -- friends, buses, taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc. Don't put yourself and others in jeopardy by driving while intoxicated.
We'll provide an update when more information about Pemsl's suspension is available, but in the meantime Iowa should probably plan to be without him for at least the first few games of the season.