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BREAKING: Seven Michigan State football players charged by Washtenaw County Prosecutor for tunnel incident

November 23, 2022
<p>Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) evades the Spartan defense during the Spartans&#x27; loss on Oct. 29, 2022.</p>

Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) evades the Spartan defense during the Spartans' loss on Oct. 29, 2022.

Photo by Rahmya Trewern | The State News

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office has issued charges against seven Michigan State football players following the incident in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium following the Michigan-Michigan State game on Oct. 29.

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Khary Crump is the sole player charged with felonious assault, a felony. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown, junior safety Angelo Grose, redshirt junior cornerback Justin White, senior defensive end Brandon Wright and freshman defensive end Zion Young were all charged with aggravated assault misdemeanors. Meanwhile, senior linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon was charged with assault & battery, a misdemeanor charge. 

The only suspended player who wasn’t charged is freshman cornerback Malcolm Jones.

According to Michigan Penal Code, aggravated assault in violation of MCL 750.81a is punishable by "imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both." Felonious assault in violation of MCL 750.82 is punishable by "imprisonment for not more than 4 years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.

The assault & battery charge in violation of MCL 750.81 against Windmon is slightly different. It is punishable by "imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more that $500.00, or both."

"All charges are merely allegations," the Prosecutor's Office said in a press release. "Those charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."

University of Michigan President Santa Ono issued a statement following the announcement of the charges.

"At the University of Michigan we appreciate the thoughtful, deliberate approach from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office to this unfortunate incident," 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 State University Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff issued a statement as well.

"The university and our athletic department will continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigative reviews," Woodruff said in a statement. "While we do not condone the actions taken by some football players on Oct. 29, we will support our student-athletes through this process. They are students first, and their academic journey continues. MSU believes strongly in restorative justice practices and the education around harmful actions."

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

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