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7 Michigan State football players charged in tunnel assault of University of Michigan players

The postgame incident occurred on Oct. 29 when multiple members of Michigan State’s football team roughed up two Michigan players.
Members of the Michigan State football team exit the tunnel
Members of the Michigan State football team exit the tunnel to the field at Michigan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. in 2019.Adam Ruff / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images file
/ Source: Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Seven Michigan State football players are charged in the postgame melee in Michigan Stadium’s tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

The most serious charge is against Khary Crump, who faces a felony count of felonious assault. The charges against the six others are misdemeanors; five with aggravated assault and one with assault and battery.

The incident occurred on Oct. 29 when multiple members of Michigan State’s football team roughed up two Michigan players.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had said earlier he expected the suspended Spartans to be criminally charged.

“At the University of Michigan we appreciate the thoughtful, deliberate approach from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to this unfortunate incident,” Michigan president Santa J. Ono said in a statement. “We also want to express our concern for all the players involved, especially those who were injured. The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any additional reviews of this matter.”

Security and police break up a fight between players from the Michigan and Michigan State football teams in the Michigan Stadium tunnel
Security and police break up a fight between players from the Michigan and Michigan State football teams on Oct. 29.Kyle Austin / MLive Media Group via AP file

Michigan State’s athletic director and football coach did not immediately return requests for comment.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker suspended eight players — including Malcolm Jones, who is not being charged with a crime — for their role in the melee.

Harbaugh has said defensive back Gemon Green was punched by a Spartans player, sparking the fracas shortly after the Wolverines beat their in-state rivals, and that teammate Ja’Den McBurrows was attacked when he tried to help.

Green suffered a concussion, which kept him out of one game before returning to play in Michigan’s 34-3 win over Nebraska.

Michigan increased the security presence in and around the tunnel and prevented Wolverines from entering it until each Nebraska player left the field at halftime and following the game.