Seven players from the Michigan State Spartans football team have been hit with criminal charges over their roles in a physical altercation on Oct. 29 following a game against the Michigan Wolverines.
Following Michigan’s 29-7 over the inner-state rivals, several Spartans confronted and attacked Wolverines cornerback Ja’Den McBurrows in the tunnel. The ugly altercation was caught on video, and it quickly went viral.
Per Tony Garcia of the Detroit Free Press, charges were filed against seven players on the team.
Cornerback Khary Crump has been charged with felonious assault, and defensive end Jacoby Windon was charged with assault and battery. Defensive ends Brandon Wright and Zion Young, linebacker “Itayvion” Tank Brown, safety Angelo Crose and cornerback Justin White were charged with aggravated assault.
Michigan State announced suspensions for Grose, Brown, Crump and Young following the incident. The 5-6 Spartans will play their final regular season game of 2022 against the No. 11 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday.
Despite the many absences on that side of the ball, the Spartans’ defense has mostly held down the fort since the incident. They allowed just 15 points in a Nov. 5 victory over the No. 16 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini, and 21 in a Nov. 12 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The 11-0 Wolverines will try to keep their perfect record intact when they visit the archrival Ohio State Buckeyes this Saturday. This game carries significant playoff implications, as the Wolverines and Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 and No. 2, respectively.