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Michigan State suspends 4 football players after postgame fight


Four Michigan State University football players have been suspended from the team after they appeared to be involved in an off-field altercation with a rival, the institution announced Sunday.

The suspension was ordered after school officials watched video of Saturday’s 29-7 loss in Ann Arbor to hometown Michigan and discovered the four were among a group of teammates surrounding the rival, Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said in a statement.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh alleged at the postgame press conference that 10 Michigan State players were part of a group in which people grabbed, pushed and assaulted a single player of Michigan in a tunnel at Michigan Stadium.

Match reporters captured video of the altercation. One of his players, Harbaugh said, may have suffered a broken nose.

Harbaugh said there was another confrontation near the pitch, which video from the scene appears to confirm. Asked about the altercations after the game, Tucker said: “Things got heated.”

Tucker said in Sunday’s statement that linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown, cornerback Khary Crump, safety Angelo Gross and defensive end Zion Young have been suspended effective immediately and at least until the end of the term. surveys.

The status of others possibly involved was unclear. Tucker said school officials are cooperating with Big Ten, Michigan and law enforcement officials, with the possibility of “additional student-athlete involvement in altercations” prompting action.

He said the altercations he saw on video were “disturbing” and suggested they contrasted with team values ​​which include integrity, discipline and responsibility.

“We will continue to take appropriate action in this matter,” Tucker said in Sunday’s statement.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said at the press conference that law enforcement is investigating.

Local law enforcement officials, including the University of Michigan Public Safety Division, did not respond to requests for comment.

Courtney Brogle and Lindsey Pipia contributed.



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