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Tensions boil over as Michigan State players ‘rough up’ Michigan player in tunnel

Tensions boiled over in Michigan State’s rivalry with the University of Michigan as Spartans players were seen pushing, kicking and taking punches at Wolverines player Ja’Den McBurrows in the tunnel before Sunday’s game.

Video posted to social media shows McBurrows being roughly handled in the tunnel as fully uniformed and equipped Spartans players surround him. McBurrows eventually fell to the ground after being pushed and shoved. McBurrows appeared to have been the only Wolverines player in the lane when the shoving match began.

Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh also said another of his players – who has not been identified – was attacked and possibly suffered a broken nose.

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

Michigan State University Police and the Michigan Athletic Department and Football Program noted that an investigation into the fight had been opened.

“Situations like these, and the safety of the community, are taken very seriously,” Deputy Chief of Police Melissa Overton said.

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren is also reportedly investigating the incident.

“What happened after the game was completely unacceptable,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. “I spoke to the commissioner. He examines the question. The police are investigating because they saw the video. That’s not how we should interact after the game.… That’s not how the rivalry should be. It shouldn’t be the way it’s remembered.

Another video showed a fan reaching out and touching Michigan State coach Mel Tucker on the top of the head, prompting the coach to give the fan a thumbs up.

Tucker also took to his Twitter account to say his school has a “responsibility to maintain the highest level of sportsmanship.”

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