The Big Ten Conference announced new disciplinary measures against Michigan State University after seven of its players and one staff member were involved in altercations with the University of Michigan, a rival school that had just beaten them when the incidents happened.
The incident occurred at Michigan Stadium, home of the Michigan Wolverines, which is nicknamed “The Big House,” at the end of October. The teams were walking back to their locker rooms after Michigan’s 29-7 win when several Michigan State players attacked two Michigan players.
“The conference determined that during the postgame, seven Michigan State University football student-athletes participated in the hitting, kicking or using of their helmet to strike University of Michigan student-athletes,” the conference said in a statement. “A Michigan State University football staff member was involved in a separate sportsmanship matter, which was in violation of the Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Policy.”
The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office has since filed criminal charges against the seven Michigan State University players.
Defensive back Khary Crump was charged with one count of felonious assault for allegedly hitting Michigan defensive back Gemon Green in the head with his helmet.
ESPN noted that defensive lineman Jacoby Windmon, who was charged with one misdemeanor count of assault & battery, was seen in the same video “hitting and kicking” the player.
Itayvion Brown, Angelo Grose, Justin White, Brandon Wright, and Zion Young were all charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault in connection with an attack on Michigan defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows.
The Big Ten Conference announced several disciplinary actions over the incident, including a public reprimand for the University of Michigan for not providing “adequate protection for personnel of both home and visiting teams when entering and leaving playing arenas.”
The conference fined Michigan State University $100,000 and leveled suspensions against the players involved, including, Khary Crump, four games from the incident date, plus the first eight games of the 2023 season; Itayvion Brown, four games from the incident date; Angelo Grose, four games from the incident date; Justin White, four games from the incident date; Jacoby Windmon, four games from the incident date; Brandon Wright, four games from the incident date; and Zion Young, four games from the incident date.
The Big Ten Conference said that the school’s self-imposed suspension on Malcolm Jones was sufficient and had already been completed. They added that their handling of the staff member who was involved was adequate.
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) November 28, 2022