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Spartans suspend 4 players over attack on Wolverines

Spartans suspend 4 players over attack on Wolverines

Nov 01
SW Creative
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The Michigan State Spartans have suspended four players for attacking Michigan Wolverines team members over their 29-7 loss on Saturday night.

Spartans head coach Mel Tucker confirmed on Sunday that Michigan State had suspended Zion Young, Khary Crump, Tank Brown, and Angelo Grose over the attack.

“Michigan State University football core values include integrity, discipline, unselfishness, toughness and accountability,” Tucker told reporters. “The incidents involving a small group of our players do not represent our culture.”

Tucker added that he decided to suspend the players after watching video evidence captured by ESPN. He said the suspensions would allow them to receive academic and medical support, but they would not be able to participate in team activities.

The incident took place in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after the game. Based on the video evidence, the four Spartans players assaulted Wolverines defensive backs Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green, who were walking up the same tunnel as the Spartans.

Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said that one of the players might have a broken nose, but he did not clarify who it was.

“Two of our players were assaulted,” Harbaugh said. “I saw on the one video. 10 on one. It was pretty bad. It needs to be investigated.”

Law enforcement is cooperating with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan to investigate the incident, including identifying other players involved in the altercation. University of Michigan Deputy Police Chief Melissa Overton said the investigation would take “some time.”

In a Monday press conference, Tucker apologized to both programs and fans for what had happened. He asserted that the teams would be cooperative with the further investigation.

“We are deeply sorry to both universities, the conference, our fans, alumni, supporters, and of course, all of our student-athletes, past and present,” Tucker said.

"Right now we have an ongoing police investigation. What happened in the tunnel was egregious. Sickening to watch the videos, the ones that are on social media right now."

- Jim Harbaugh

"There needs to be 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."

- Jim Harbaugh

  • Jim Harbaugh

    James Joseph Harbaugh is an American football coach and former quarterback, who is the current and 20th head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines.

  • Mel Tucker

    Melvin Tucker II is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Michigan State University.

  • Michigan State University

    Michigan State University is a public land-grant research university in East Lansing, Michigan. It was founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan,

  • Michigan State Spartans

    The Michigan State Spartans are the athletic teams that represent Michigan State University. The school's athletic program includes 23 varsity sports teams.