Seven Michigan St. football players charged in Tunnel Melee

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Seven Michigan State football players are charged in the postgame melee in Michigan’s stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement released Wednesday by the state attorney’s office. Washtenaw County.

The most serious charge is against Khary Crump, who faces one count of felony assault. The charges against the other six are misdemeanors; five with aggravated assault and one with bodily harm.

The incident occurred on October 29 when several members of the Michigan State football team physically assaulted two Michigan players.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had earlier said he expected the suspended Spartans to face criminal charges.

“At the University of Michigan, we appreciate the thoughtful and deliberate approach of the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office to this unfortunate incident,” Michigan President Santa J. Ono said in a statement. “We also want to express our concern for all the players involved, especially those who have been injured. The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any further investigation of this matter.

The Michigan State athletic director and football coach did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker has suspended eight players – including Malcolm Jones, who is not charged with a crime – for their role in the scrimmage.

Harbaugh said defensive back Gemon Green was hit by a Spartans player, setting off the fracas shortly after the Wolverines beat their in-state rivals, and teammate Ja’Den McBurrows was attacked while he was trying to help.

Green suffered a concussion, which kept him out of action before returning to play in Michigan’s 34-3 win over Nebraska.

Michigan increased the security presence in and around the tunnel and blocked Wolverines from entering it until every Nebraska player left the field at halftime and after the game.


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