Jim Harbaugh expects 4 Michigan State players to be charged

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh expects the four suspended Michigan State football players involved in the brutality of two Michigan team members to be punished to the fullest extent of the law .

“I can’t imagine it won’t result in criminal charges,” the Michigan coach said Monday.

Harbaugh said defensive back Gemon Green was hit by a Spartan in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium shortly after the fourth-ranked Wolverines beat their in-state rival on Saturday night and teammate Ja ‘Den McBurrows was attacked while trying to help.

McBurrows is seen on video shared on social media being pushed, punched and kicked by several Michigan State players, who pulled him out of the tunnel and into a hallway that does not lead to any of the locker rooms.

Harbaugh said both players are injured, adding that he doesn’t know if Green, a starting cornerback for a third straight season, will be cleared to play Saturday night at Rutgers.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker announced Sunday night that linebacker Tank Brown, safety Angelo Grose, defensive end Zion Young and cornerback Khary Crump were immediately suspended.

Brown, Grose and Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurrows.

“Michigan State University’s core football values ​​include integrity, discipline, selflessness, tenacity and accountability,” said Tucker, who made the decision after “reviewing electronic evidence disturbing”.

McBurrows and Green walked up the tunnel alongside the Spartans after the game as much of the Michigan squad waved their rivals off the field and other Wolverines celebrated near the student section of the stadium.

“They were coming up the tunnel,” Harbaugh said when asked why Green and McBurrows weren’t with the rest of their teammates.

University of Michigan Deputy Chief of Police Melissa Overton said Saturday night that an investigation has been launched in partnership with the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Athletic Department and the Football Program. Wolverines.

“The investigation takes time,” Overton said Sunday.

Tucker said the school is working with law enforcement, Michigan State and Michigan campus leaders and the Big Ten Conference to assess what happened, including identifying other players involved. in altercations and contributing factors.

“The original student-athlete suspensions will remain in place until investigations are completed,” said Tucker, whose head was hit in the tunnel by a fan in the stands Saturday night. The coach responded by wiping the fan’s hand.

Michigan State President Samuel Stanley has apologized for the “violent” skirmish.

“I am extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior described by members of our football program,” Stanley said in a statement. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my sincere apologies to the University of Michigan and the student-athletes who were injured.

“There is no provocation that could justify the behavior we see on the videos. Rivalries can be intense but should never be violent.

Harbaugh said on Monday an apology was not enough.

The Big Ten said Sunday it was gathering information and planning to take appropriate action.

It was the second consecutive game at Michigan that included an altercation in the long, narrow tunnel that runs from the locker room to the field.

Earlier this month, Penn State coach James Franklin said a policy change was needed to allow more orderly use of the tunnel.

A few heated words were exchanged, and the Michigan players said Penn State players threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at them as the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime of a close game which Wolverines eventually won 41-17 on October 15.

Harbaugh said Franklin acted as a “point guard” and claimed the Nittany Lions stopped in the tunnel to prevent his team from accessing his locker room.


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