The tunnel brawl between Michigan State and Michigan players nearly two weeks ago at Michigan Stadium is now under investigation and under the jurisdiction of the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office.
Melissa Overton, the deputy chief of the University of Michigan Police Department, said The Detroit News that the incident has been “thoroughly investigated” by university law enforcement in cooperation with Michigan State following the Wolverines’ 34-3 win against the Cornhuskers on Saturday.
“We understand and appreciate your concern about this unfortunate and unusual incident,” the statement read reading. “In keeping with our commitment to transparency and due process, we will not release any further information pending the prosecution’s review.”
Two weeks ago, multiple video clips showed multiple MSU players punching and kicking Michigan players Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green in the stadium tunnel after the Oct. 29 game. Following the incident, Spartans coach Mel Tucker suspended eight players for their involvement in the brawl. They included Khary Crump, Jacoby Windmon, Itayvion “Tank” Brown, Angelo Grose and Zion Young, as well as Brandon Wright, Justin Wright and Malcolm Jones.
Green, who was reportedly hit with a helmet during the incident, has suited up in the last two games for the Wolverines. However, the Michigan cornerback decided to press charges over the altercation and hired Tom Marsh as his attorney.
George Green, Gemon’s father, said his son was in concussion protocol and suffered a cut over his right eye, according to News. Mars told the media two days after the incident that the players who committed the act on Gemon “will feel the wrath of the law”.
“There should be serious consequences for this type of misconduct,” Mars said News.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles attorney David Diamond released a statement saying he was representing one of eight MSU players who had been suspended. While Diamond did not share his client’s name, he said the Spartan players were responding to the actions of a Wolverine player and were trying to figure out why Green and McBurrows were in the tunnel in the first place, according to the News.
Before Michigan’s win on Saturday, the university increased its security between the field and the tunnel, particularly the areas “bordering the tunnel that opens onto the field to better monitor crowd and participant interactions.”
The changes were evident during halftime and immediately after the Wolverines’ win Saturday, as Michigan players remained on the field until every Nebraska player had exited the stadium.
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