Seven Michigan State footballers have been charged with varying degrees of assault after fighting after a game in October. The brawl came after MSU lost 29-7 to Michigan.
After the game, videos were leaked showing MSU players attacking at least one Michigan player in a tunnel. After reviewing the footage on Wednesday, seven players were charged. Corner Hari Kramp was the only player to be charged with a felony. He was charged with hooligan assault.
Five players – Itaiwion Brown, Angelo Grose, Justin White, Brandon Wright and Sion Young – were charged with one count of aggravated assault. Jacoby Windmon was charged with assault and battery. All of these six charges are misdemeanors.
Michigan State suspended eight players after the brawl. Cornerback Malcolm Jones was suspended by the team but was not charged on Wednesday.
After the competition, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said that two of his players were “attacked” in the tunnel. Videos showing fragments of the fight have emerged.
Harbaugh called for accountability. He asked for an investigation into the fight, saying, “Apologizing won’t help.” Haemon Green and Ja’Den McBurrows were two Michigan players who were injured in the fight. Greene was reportedly hit with a helmet on “the face, back and shoulder”.
The Big Ten did not issue any punishment for the fight, instead saying they would wait until prosecutors file charges against the players. The conference may impose additional penalties on involved players after charges are filed.