University of Michigan police still investigating postgame tunnel incidents

Six days after violent postgame incidents following Michigan’s win against Michigan State in Ann Arbor, it’s still unclear if criminal charges will be filed.

Eight Michigan State players have been suspended indefinitely for their roles in the incidents that occurred in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after the Wolverines won 29-7 against the Spartans last Saturday night. The investigation is being led by the University of Michigan Police Department.

Melissa Overton, deputy chief of police and public information office for the University of Michigan Police, on Friday morning said there’s no update on the investigation. She said when the investigation is completed, a report will be forwarded to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if charges will be filed.

Following last Saturday’s game, the teams were separated and Michigan State players headed up the tunnel while many Michigan players celebrated with the Paul Bunyan Trophy on the field. Two Wolverines — Gemon Green and Ja’Den McBurrows — went up the tunnel at the same time as the Spartans.

It’s still unclear what started the altercations but video evidence shows Michigan State defensive back Khary Crump swinging his helmet and hitting Green. Michigan State linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon put his helmet back on and engaged with Green while he was being hit.

In a separate incident, McBurrows was surrounded and pushed and struck by Michigan State defensive end Zion Young, linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown and defensive back Angelo Grose. Defensive backs Justin White and Malcolm Jones and defensive end Brandon Wright also were also part of that incident.

Tucker on Sunday night announced Brown, Crump, Grose and Young were suspended indefinitely and on Monday he apologized for what happened. Tucker and athletic director Alan Haller on Tuesday night announced Jones, White, Windmon and Wright also were suspended indefinitely.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said his players were “assaulted” and believes criminal charges should be filed. Green’s family hired prominent lawyer Tom Mars while pushing for charges and monetary damages and Mars said Green suffered a concussion and other injuries.

An apology will not get the job done in this instance,” Harbaugh said. “There should be serious consequences for the many individuals that are culpable. On behalf of the 2022 Michigan football team — our players, our coaches, our staff, our university — this has been a very traumatic experience for everybody, including Ja’Den and Gemon.”

It was the second straight game there was an incident in the Michigan Stadium tunnel. Penn State players reportedly threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Michigan players while the teams headed to their locker rooms at halftime of their Oct. 15 game. That prompted Penn State coach James Franklin to call the tunnel a “problem” while asking the Big Ten to address it.

Tucker on Monday declined to answer multiple questions about specifics of the incidents, citing an open investigation.

“We’re not here to make any excuses for the behaviors Saturday,” Tucker said. “They are unacceptable. It’s also very important to say we honor the traditions of the Big Ten Conference, including the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry game and we have a responsibility to uphold the values of this great university. We are deeply sorry to both universities, the conference, our fans, alumni, supporters and of course all of our student-athletes past and present.”

Both teams are on the road this week as Michigan State plays at Illinois on Saturday while Michigan is at Rutgers.

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