Charges have been brought against seven Michigan state football players for their involvement in a melee in the Lloyd Carr tunnel following Michigan football’s 29-7 victory over MSU in Ann Arbor.
Video showed several MSU players punching and kicking two UM players separately, later identified as Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green.
After weeks of investigation by testimony from the Big Ten, the University of Michigan Police Department and the Michigan State University Police Department, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office released their findings Wednesday afternoon.
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“Following the altercation between members of the Michigan and Michigan State football teams on Oct. 29, the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (UMDPSS) has conducted a thorough investigation into possible criminal liability,” a statement published Wednesday afternoon said. “At the conclusion of that investigation, UMDPSS filed a petition with the state prosecutor’s office for criminal charges against several individuals — all student-athletes on Michigan State’s football team.”
After reviewing the evidence and the law, the prosecution has approved these charges:
- Khary Crump: One felony assault, in violation of MCL 750.82, a misdemeanor
- Itayvion Brown: One count of aggravated assault, in violation of MCL 750.81a, a misdemeanor
- Angelo Grose: One count of aggravated assault, in violation of MCL 750.81a, a misdemeanor
- Justin White: One count of aggravated assault, in violation of MCL 750.81a, a misdemeanor
- Brandon Wright: One count of aggravated assault, in violation of MCL 750.81a, a misdemeanor
- Zion Young: one count of aggravated assault, in violation of MCL 750.81a, a misdemeanor
- Jacoby Windmon: One time assault and assault, in violation of MCL 750.81, a misdemeanor
The statement goes on to say that all charges are mere allegations.
“At the University of Michigan, we appreciate the thoughtful, considered approach of the Washtenaw County Attorney’s Office to this unfortunate incident,” Michigan President Santa J. Ono said in a statement. “We also want to express our concern for all players involved, especially those who have been injured.
“The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any additional assessments of this case.”
Dave Ablauf, a Michigan Football spokesman, said the team has no further comment beyond that of the president.
Messages left for comment for Michigan State Football have not yet been answered.
Although an attorney representing an unnamed MSU player said there was evidence the Michigan players started the incident, neither were charged criminally.
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“We cannot comment further than the statement under our professional conduct rules,” an aide to the prosecutor’s office told the Free Press.
Eight MSU players have been suspended by the team, the seven charged have been charged, as has Malcolm Jones.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh spoke the following Monday and said that “an apology” was not enough and that he expected criminal charges to be brought.
The eight suspended players have not joined the Spartans or been part of team activities since the incident. MSU’s regular season finale is Saturday at Penn State.