Seven Michigan State football players facing charges for Michigan tunnel incident


Seven Michigan State football players have been charged by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office (Mich.) following an Oct. 29 postgame tunnel incident involving Michigan football players.

Six players — Itayvion Brown, Angelo Grose, Justin White, Brandon Wright, Zion Young and Jacoby Windmon — have been charged with misdemeanors, per the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. Khary Crump has been charged with one count of felonious assault, per the prosecutor’s office. Brown, Grose, White, Wright and Young are facing misdemeanor charges each for one count of aggravated assault. Windmon is facing a misdemeanor charge for one count of assault and battery.

“At the University of Michigan, we appreciate the thoughtful, deliberate approach from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to this unfortunate incident,” university president Santa Ono said in a statement. “We also want to express our concern for all the players involved, especially those who were injured. The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any additional reviews of this matter.”

Michigan campus police launched an investigation into the tunnel incident that left Wolverines players Gemon Green and Ja’Den McBurrows with injuries. Michigan State suspended eight players after video captured in the Michigan Stadium tunnel showed Spartans players ganging up on Green and McBurrows following Michigan’s 29-7 victory.

Earlier this month, the investigation into the incident was turned over to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, UMPD public information officer Melissa Overton said at the time.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in the days following the incident that he thought criminal charges were warranted for what he described as a “sickening” attack. Green was diagnosed with a concussion after being struck by a helmet and McBurrows sustained facial injuries.

Overton said UMPD “thoroughly investigated what occurred” in collaboration with Michigan State and would release no further information pending review by the prosecutor’s office.

Michigan implemented changes to its tunnel protocol ahead of its game against Nebraska, including an increased security presence and a buffer between teams leaving the field.

(Photo: Aaron J. Thornton / Getty Images)


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