Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker announced the suspension of four players involved in the brutality of a Michigan player after their game ended over the weekend.
Tucker said in a statement late Sunday night that Tank Brown, Khary Crump, Angelo Grose and Zion Young are effective immediately. Tucker said the suspensions came “after reviewing the disturbing electronic evidence gathered to date of altercations between Michigan State and University of Michigan student-athletes.”
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“We are currently working with law enforcement, Michigan State and Michigan campus leaders, and the Big Ten Conference to further assess the events in Ann Arbor, including but not limited to , the additional involvement of student-athletes in the altercations, and the contributing factors. The student-athlete suspensions will remain in place until investigations are complete,” Tucker said.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the Spartan community remains our number one priority. You have my promise that we are committed to fairness, transparency and accountability, and that we will continue to take appropriate action Our core values and the responsibility that comes with wearing a state green and white jersey should never be compromised.”
Brown, a redshirt sophomore linebacker transferred from Minnesota, has played five games this season and recorded his lone tackle against Michigan on Saturday. Crump, a redshirt sophomore cornerback from Arizona, has played four games this season and hasn’t played against Michigan.
Grose is a starting safety for the Spartans. The junior had four tackles in the loss to Michigan. Young is a freshman from Atlanta. He played in the Michigan game and had seven tackles.
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The roles of the players were not specified in the statement, nor was the length of the suspensions. But videos posted on social media paint a bleak picture of what happened on Saturday night following the Wolverines’ victory over the Spartans.
The Spartans players appeared to brutalize Wolverines defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows in the tunnel. Videos posted to social media appeared to show at least three Michigan State players pushing, punching and kicking McBurrows in and near a hallway that does not lead to any of the locker rooms.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said a second player, who has not been identified, was also attacked and another was injured and may have a broken nose.
“Two of our players were assaulted,” Harbaugh said. “I saw on video. Ten to one. It was pretty bad. We have to investigate.”
A second video posted earlier on Sunday appeared to show a Michigan State player hitting his helmet on another Michigan player.
An investigation is underway in partnership with Michigan State University Police and the Michigan Athletic Department and Football Program, said Melissa Overton, assistant police chief for the University of Michigan.
“Situations like these, and the safety of the community, are taken very seriously,” Overton said.
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Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, who attended the game, was also looking into the fight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.