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Four additional Michigan State players suspended following tunnel altercation at Michigan Stadium

November 1, 2022
Senior defensive end Jacoby Windmon, 4, sneaks behind Jack Salopek, 6, during Michigan State’s home opener against Western Michigan at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 2, 2022.
Senior defensive end Jacoby Windmon, 4, sneaks behind Jack Salopek, 6, during Michigan State’s home opener against Western Michigan at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 2, 2022. —
Photo by Chloe Trofatter | The State News

Four additional Michigan State football players have received suspensions following the post game altercation in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium last Saturday.

Senior linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon, redshirt junior cornerback Justin White, senior defensive end Brandon Wright, and freshman cornerback Malcolm Jones have all been suspended effective immediately according to a joint statement released by MSU Athletic Director Alan Haller and Head Coach Mel Tucker.

According to the statement, the second round of suspensions are a result of electronic evidence of the incident.

"Michigan State University athletics and the football program are committed to the highest level of sportsmanship," Haller and Tucker said in a joint statement. "As we continue to gather and review electronic evidence of the altercations between Michigan State and University of Michigan student-athletes on October 29, 2022, we are suspending student-athletes Malcolm Jones, Justin White, Jacoby Windmon and Brandon Wright."

More videos from inside the Michigan Stadium tunnel have surfaced since Sunday, including one from ABC which shows redshirt sophomore cornerback Khary Crump striking Michigan defensive back Gemon Green repeatedly with a helmet. Windmon was also in the mix.

Eight Spartans have now been suspended following Saturday's incident, all of which are defensive players. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Itayvion 'Tank' Brown, freshman defensive end Zion Young, junior safety Angelo Grose and Crump were all suspended Sunday night.

Windmon and Grose are the most significant losses for MSU. A transfer from UNLV, Windmon has started all eight games between defensive end and linebacker for Michigan State and is a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. He leads the nation with six forced fumbles and leads the Spartans with 5.5 sacks. Grose has played in all eight games, mixing in at both safety and nickelback. He's third on the team with 53 tackles and second on the team with four pass break ups.

The suspensions will remain in place until investigations by law enforcement and the Big Ten Conference have been completed, meaning the Spartans will now be without eight defensive players as they travel to Champaign, Illinois to take on the No. 14 Illini this Saturday.

This is a developing story. Stay with The State News for continued updates. 

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