Report: Family Of Michigan’s Gemon Green Seeks To Press Charges Against Michigan State Players
According to ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, Gemon Green‘s family intends on pressing charges against the Michigan State players involved in allegedly assaulting their son during an altercation that broke out in the tunnel after rivals Michigan and Michigan State faced off on Saturday. Green’s father alleges that a Spartan player swung his helmet at his son and caused damage to his face, back and shoulder. Gemon was reportedly identified as one of the two Michigan players that sustained injuries that required medical treatment during Saturday’s altercation with Michigan State. The other player was his teammate, Ja’Den McBurrows.
Linebacker Tank Brown, cornerback Khary Crump, safety Angelo Grose and defensive end Zion Young are the four Michigan State players that were served indefinite suspensions for their alleged roles in the locker room tunnel incident. Two separate videos of the incident were recorded. One of them showed a player for Michigan caught between a host of Spartan players, who were throwing punches and kicks. The second video shows one Michigan State player swinging his helmet over the head of a Michigan player.
Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh advocated for accountability.
“There needs to be a full, thorough, timely investigation. I can’t imagine this will not result in criminal charges. The videos are bad. It’s clear what transpired. This is very open and shut. As they say, watch the tape,” Harbaugh said.
The head coach continued, emphasizing how serious he takes this situation. Not just as a coach entrusted with the safety of another family’s child, but also as a father himself.
“These young men are entrusted to me by their families and to our program, and we have the responsibility to each player to treat them like our own, and I take that responsibility very seriously. An apology will not get the job done in this instance. There should be serious consequences for the many individuals that are culpable.”
Michigan State Vice President Allan Haller issued an official statement on the incident, saying that such behavior exhibited from the Spartan players is unacceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Haller also said that he’s been in constant communication with Michigan Athletics Director Warde Manuel as well as Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren.
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