Saturday December 3rd, 2022 5:36PM

Seven Michigan St football players charged in tunnel melee

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Seven Michigan State football players have been charged for their actions during the postgame melee in Michigan Stadium's tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office.

The most serious charge is against cornerback Khary Crump, who faces one count of felonious assault. The charges against the six others are misdemeanors. Linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown, safety Angelo Grose, cornerback Justin White, defensive end Brandon Wright and defensive end Zion Young are each charged with one count of aggravated assault, and linebacker Jacoby Windmon faces one count of assault and battery.

No Michigan players are facing charges, which were announced ahead of the teams' final regular-season games. No. 3 Michigan plays rival No. 2 Ohio State on the road Saturday with the Big Ten East Division title at stake. A few hours later, the Spartans close out the season at No. 11 Penn State, needing a win to become bowl eligible.

Scuffles broke out in the Michigan Stadium tunnel on Oct. 29 after the Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7. Social media posts showed Michigan State players pushing, punching and kicking Michigan’s Ja’Den McBurrows in and near a hallway that doesn’t lead to either locker room. Brown, Grose and Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurrows.

McBurrows and defensive back Gemon Green went up the tunnel, walking alongside the Spartans, after the game while much of Michigan’s team was waving the Spartans off the field after beating their in-state rivals for the first time in three years.

Green, in another post, is seen surrounded by police while shouting across the tunnel at Michigan State players.

Crump in one video appears to swing his helmet at a Michigan player. That could account for the more serious charge, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. The state law describes felonious assault as an attack “using knife, iron bar, club, brass knuckles or other dangerous weapon without intending to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm."

A conviction for a misdemeanor count of assault carries a prison term of up to one year, while misdemeanor assault and battery carries a maximum sentence of 93 days behind bars.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has said one of the players, whom he did not identify, might have had a broken nose. He also said Green was punched by a Spartans player and McBurrows was attacked when he tried to help.

The statement from the prosecutor’s office provided no detail on the allegations, including who is accused of hitting whom. It added that the office will have no further comment as the case proceeds. It was not clear when the charged players will make initial appearances in court.

Michigan State’s athletic director and football coach did not immediately return requests for comment.

Michigan president Santa J. Ono said Wednesday in a statement that the school appreciated "the thoughtful, deliberate approach from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to this unfortunate incident.”

“We also want to express our concern for all the players involved, especially those who were injured," Ono said. "The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any additional reviews of this matter.”

An attorney representing Green, Tom Mars, said after the charges were filed that he was “not at all surprised by the prosecutor’s decision.”

Asked if his client might sue over the melee, Mars said that after conferring with Green and his father, they agreed with his recommendation “not to take any action about the tunnel incident until the season is over.”

“I don’t want any of this to be a distraction to Michigan football and neither does Gemon,” Mars said.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker suspended eight players — including Malcolm Jones, who was not charged — for their roles in the melee.

After the Oct. 29 incident, then-Michigan State President Samuel Stanley publicly apologized for the “violent” skirmish. His departure wasn't related to the brawl in Ann Arbor last month.

“I’m extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior depicted by members of our football program,” Stanley said then in a statement. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my heartfelt apology to the University of Michigan and the student-athletes who were injured."

After charges were announced Wednesday, Michigan State Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff released a statement that said the school would “continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigative reviews.”

“While we do not condone the actions taken by some football players on Oct. 29, we will support our student-athletes through this process,” she said. “MSU believes strongly in restorative justice practices and the education around harmful actions.”

She added that universities “must make our respective environments safe places for competition.” She said she was committed to making “meaningful changes” to that end and would report back by the end of the year. Woodruff didn’t elaborate on what those changes could be.


Tarm reported from Chicago.


AP college football: and Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter:

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, College Sports, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2022
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
UN: Children in Haiti hit by cholera as malnutrition rises
UNICEF officials say a cholera outbreak sweeping through Haiti is claiming a growing number of children amid a surge in malnutrition
2:22PM ( 9 minutes ago )
No. 3 Kansas beats NC State in coach Bill Self's return
First-year guard Gradey Dick scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 3 Kansas beat North Carolina State 80-74 in the Battle 4 Atlantis opener
2:21PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Seven Michigan St football players charged in tunnel melee
State charges have been filed against seven Michigan State football players stemming from a melee in Michigan Stadium’s tunnel last month
2:17PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Rivalry week should bring SEC bowl forecast into clear focus
It’s rivalry week for most of the Southeastern Conference
1:11PM ( 1 hour ago )
Japan gets 2 late goals to upset Germany 2-1 at World Cup
Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored late goals to give Japan a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Germany at the World Cup
12:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
World Cup Viewer's Guide: Ronaldo and Neymar seek history
Two of the best players in soccer start World Cup competition Thursday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar both seek history in Qatar
12:21PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Iron Bowl still stands out, even without CFP implications
There's nothing like the Iron Bowl, even when the Southeastern Conference title or a College Football Playoff berth isn't on the line
2:31AM ( 12 hours ago )
Jury: NCAA not to blame in ex-USC football player's death
A Los Angeles jury has rejected a claim by the widow of a former USC football player who said the NCAA failed to protect him from repeated head trauma that led to his death
9:45PM ( 16 hours ago )
LSU, USC move up behind UGA, Ohio St, Michigan, TCU in CFP
LSU has moved up to fifth and Southern California is sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings behind Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU
9:19PM ( 17 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Transfer portal puts more value on early basketball tourneys
College basketball's early season tournaments are proving more valuable than ever for teams trying to forge an identity with multiple transfers
7:08PM ( 19 hours ago )
Ranked teams face tough tests in holiday tournaments
The Thanksgiving week of holiday tournaments is almost always a feast of high-level college hoops
4:29AM ( 1 day ago )
Michigan RB Blake Corum gives thanks during Ohio State week
No. 3 Michigan running back Blake Corum may be the most pivotal player in The Game against No. 2 Ohio State on the road Saturday with a spot in the Big Ten championship game and likely the College Football Playoff at stake
5:09PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
No. 1 Georgia looking for improved short-yardage production
No. 1 Georgia is looking for better short-yardage offense when it closes its regular season against in-state rival Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs were stopped on a fourth-and-1 play to open the fourth quarter of last week's 16-6 win at Kentucky
2:55PM ( 1 day ago )
Tired No. 4 TCU has done its job for playoff so far at 11-0
TCU coach Sonny Dykes has a simple response for anyone who questions if the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs really deserve to be in the playoff discussion
3:57PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Top 25: USC moves into top 5 for 1st time in 5 years
Southern California moved into the top five of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in five years
1:47PM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
UN: Children in Haiti hit by cholera as malnutrition rises
UNICEF officials say a cholera outbreak sweeping through Haiti is claiming a growing number of children amid a surge in malnutrition
2:22PM ( 9 minutes ago )
No. 3 Kansas beats NC State in coach Bill Self's return
First-year guard Gradey Dick scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 3 Kansas beat North Carolina State 80-74 in the Battle 4 Atlantis opener
2:21PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Jets bench Zach Wilson, Mike White to start vs. Bears
Zach Wilson has been benched by the New York Jets
2:13PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6
Authorities and witnesses say a Walmart manager opened fire on fellow employees in the break room of a Virginia store, killing six people
2:10PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Twin blasts shake Jerusalem, killing teen and wounding 18
Two blasts have gone off near bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of rush hour, killing a Canadian-Israeli teenager and injuring at least 18, in what Israeli police said were attacks by Palestinians
1:53PM ( 38 minutes ago )