There was a brawl after an October 29 NCAA Football game between Michigan and Michigan State.
Now, we're learning about the SEVERE consequences associated with it:
SEVEN Michigan State football players have been charged with assault.
The Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the charges were in relation to the brawl that occurred in the player's tunnel just after Michigan had completed pummeling Michigan State by over 20 points.
Perhaps Michigan State players were furious that they're such small potatoes that Michigan doesn't even consider Michigan State their fiercest rival. That honor for Michigan goes to their clash with Ohio State that happens every year.
To Michigan, Michigan State is just another game on the schedule.
That fact, plus the scoreboard, couldn't have been easy for Michigan State players to take.
Still, the players probably didn't see the situation ending in at least one felony charge.
Defensive Back Khary Crump is being charged with felonious assault. The other six players received misdemeanor charges: five with aggravated assault and one with assault and battery.
Michigan law says that aggravated assault is punishable by "imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both." Felony assault is "punishable with up to 4 years in prison or a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or both."
"All charges are merely allegations," the prosecutor's office reminded America. "Those charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty."
Michigan State University Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff released a response to the situation:
"The university and our athletic department will continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigative reviews. While we do not condone the actions taken by some football players on Oct. 29, we will support our student-athletes through this process. They are students first, and their academic journey continues. MSU believes strongly in restorative justice practices and the education around harmful actions."
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