7 Michigan State University football players charged after altercation with University of Michigan athletes last month

7 Michigan State University football players charged after altercation with University of Michigan athletes last month

7 Michigan State University football players charged after altercation with University of Michigan athletes last month



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Seven Michigan State football players have been charged following a fight in a stadium tunnel with University of Michigan players moments after the game more than three weeks ago, according to Washtenaw County prosecutors.

CNN is in the process of reaching out to the players for comment and has reached out to Michigan State and the Big Ten Conference for comment.

The president of the University of Michigan said he was grateful to prosecutors for their investigation.

“At the University of Michigan, we appreciate the thoughtful, deliberate approach by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to this unfortunate incident,” school president Santa J. Ono said in a statement to CNN. “We would also like to express our concern for all players involved, especially those who were injured,” he added. “The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any further review of this matter.”

A video posted on Twitter by The Detroit News showed several Spartan players in an altercation with a Wolverine player in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

At the time, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said two of his players were “assaulted” and that one of them may have a broken nose.

“I saw that one video, 10 to one, it’s … pretty bad,” Harbaugh said.

“What happened after the game is completely unacceptable,” Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel said.

Former Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller called the evidence “alarming,” adding that “the conduct we assessed was both uncharacteristic of our football program and unacceptable.”

School police from both universities and Michigan State Police jointly investigated the incident, according to prosecutors.

Attorney Mike Nichols, who represents one of the players charged with one count of aggravated assault, Khary “KJ” Crump, so they “don’t want to try this case in the media, we plan to try it in court.”

Nichols added, “This was a gut punch for KJ, who was charged the day before Thanksgiving, and he’s going to get through it.”

Attorney David Diamond and his client, Michigan State player Angelo Grose, who is charged with one count of aggravated assault, are “disappointed in the decision to file criminal charges,” he told CNN in a statement.

“Michigan’s aggravated assault statute requires infliction of serious or aggravated injury. We do not know the true extent of the Michigan player’s injuries and who, if any of the 7, actually and directly caused them, which is the definition of a reasonable doubt,” Diamond said.

The interstate schools have had a great rivalry for generations. Michigan had defeated Michigan State 29-7 prior to the October 29 showdown.

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