Michigan State’s Khary Crump Avoids Felony For Tunnel Brawl Under New Plea Deal

Michigan State defensive back Khary Crump will plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of assault/battery and disorderly conduct person-jostling after a brawl in a tunnel following a college football game.

Crump will formally accept the plea on January 5th, following an incident back in October between players from Michigan State and University of Michigan in a tunnel at Michigan Stadium.

The Detroit Free Press’s Chris Solari was first to report the deal which will help Crump avoid a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly swinging his helmet at Michigan’s Gemon Green. The incident was caught on video from several angles and occurred after the Spartans lost to the Wolverines 29-7 on Oct. 29th. As both teams walked to the locker room, a fight broke out, leading to seven Michigan State players being suspended and criminally charged with misdemeanors.

Head Coach Mel Tucker announced the seven players would be out for at least the final four games of the season. Defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows was also allegedly injured in the brawl.

Solari reports that Crump had to write a letter of apology to Green as part of the deal and that prosecutors discussed the deal with Green as well. Green’s father alleged that Crump hit Green in the face, back and shoulder with the helmet, during the fight.

“Writing the apology to Gemon was a step. I am taking this step by step. I am working on KJ the man, KJ the student and KJ the athlete. All I can say is stay tuned,” Crump told Solari.

The plea deal will result in all charges being dismissed and expunged from Crump’s record “once he completes his probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act,” according to his attorney.

“The apology that he wrote to Gemon was heartfelt. … Slowly but surely, he is pulling himself out of a horribly dark place,” Crump’s attorney said. “I predict that in the end, this kid is going to be one hell of a comeback story.”

Crump still faces an eight-game suspension from the Big Ten for the 2023 season.