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Michigan State players beat two Michigan players in tunnel: ‘assaulted’

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan State players roughed up Michigan defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium after their Saturday night game.

After the fourth-ranked Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7, social media posts showed at least three Michigan State players pushing, punching and kicking McBurrows in and near from a hallway that does not lead to any of the locker rooms.

Police have opened an investigation into a nasty post-game brawl, according to the Detroit News.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said a second player, whom he did not identify, was also attacked and another was injured and may have a broken nose.

“Two of our players were assaulted,” Harbaugh said. “I saw on the video alone. Ten to one. It was pretty bad.

“We have to investigate.”

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said police and Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, who attended the game, are investigating the fracas.

A message seeking comment was left for Warren and Michigan State Athletic Director Alan Haller.

“What happened after the game was completely unacceptable,” Manuel said. “I spoke to the commissioner. He examines the question. The police are investigating because they saw the video. This is not how we should interact after the game.

“That’s not what the rivalry should be. It shouldn’t be the way it’s remembered.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said he didn’t know what happened in the tunnel after the game.

“I know it was a heated game,” Tucker said. “We were trying to get our guys into the locker room. We’ll have to see what happened.

It’s the second straight game at Michigan that included an altercation in the long, narrow tunnel that runs from the locker room to the field.

Earlier this month, Penn State coach James Franklin said a policy change was needed to keep the process for teams using the tunnel more orderly.

Many heated words were exchanged and Michigan players said Penn State players threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at them as the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime of a close game which the Wolverines eventually won in a 41-17 rout on 15 October. .

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Franklin acted as a “point guard” and claimed the Nittany Lions stopped in the tunnel to prevent his team from accessing his locker room.


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