Four Michigan State Players Suspended Indefinitely Amid Police Investigation Into Locker Room Tunnel Altercation
Four Michigan State Spartan players reportedly have been suspended indefinitely in the midst of an ongoing police investigation regarding a physical altercation that took place inside of a locker room tunnel. The four players suspended are linebacker Tank Brown, cornerback Khary Crump, safety Angelo Grose and defensive end Zion Young. The school’s athletic department issued a statement on social media regarding the incident.
After the Wolverines came away with a 29-7 victory over Michigan State, two different incidents reportedly occurred. One of the incidents was caught on video. The video shows a Michigan player being assaulted by multiple Michigan State players. Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh commented on the situation, stating that two Michigan players was injured.
“Two of our players were assaulted. I saw the one video; it’s 10-on-1. Pretty bad. I’m going to let our athletic director, Warde Manuel, address it with the authorities,” Harbaugh said.
Manuel says he was upset after he learned of the situation. When speaking to media, the director emphasized the importance of good sportsmanship in football, especially between rivals.
“What happened after the game was completely unacceptable,” Manuel said. “I talked to the commissioner and he’s looking into it. The police are also looking into it. We’ll leave it in their hands but this is not how we should interact after the game. That’s not the way another team should grab a player and do what they did. It’s completely and utterly unacceptable.”
Harbaugh added that one of the injured players suffered a nose injury. He did disclose the name of the victim. Defensive backs Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green were identified as two of the Michigan players that were reportedly involved in the incident, according to officials.
“The behavior we reviewed was both uncharacteristic of our football program and unacceptable,” Vice President Alan Haller said as part of his official statement, addressing the situation. “On behalf of our university and athletics department, I have been in consistent contact with the University of Michigan Athletics Director Warde Manuel and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren in addition to members of our Spartan family to offer our collaboration with law enforcement as they conduct investigations into this matter.”
The Big Ten Conference released a statement about the next steps they are going to take.
“The Big Ten Conference is aware of an incident this evening at Michigan Stadium b/w student-athletes from Michigan State & Michigan. The conference is currently gathering information, will thoroughly review the facts & will take appropriate action.”
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