Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that “an apology won’t get the job done” and that he expects criminal charges to be filed following Saturday’s post-game disagreement with Michigan State.
After the Wolverines won 29-7, Harbaugh said two of his players were “attacked” in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium after the game. One of the Michigan players was defending defender Ja’Den McBurrows, a source who previously confirmed that the athleticand Harbaugh confirmed Monday that the other defensive back was Gemon Green.
“I’m coming (on) this from a parent’s perspective. These young men have been entrusted to our program by their families and we have a responsibility to every player to treat them as our own, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” Harbaugh said at a news conference Monday. “An apology will get the job done. not clear this case.”
“I can’t imagine this won’t lead to criminal charges,” Harbaugh said, describing the videos of the incident, which were widely shared on social media, as “sickening”. He noted that ABC’s tunnel camera captured additional angles of what was happening.
Four Michigan players – Tank Brown, Khary Crump, Angelo Grose and Zion Young – were suspended after the altercation, the school announced on Sunday.
“The behavior we assessed was both uncharacteristic of our football program and unacceptable,” MSU sports director Alan Haller said in a statement on Sunday.
“On behalf of our university and athletics department, I have been in constant contact with athletic director Warde Manuel and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren of the University of Michigan, in addition to members of our Spartan family to apologize and ensure our cooperation with the law. while they investigate this matter.”
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University of Michigan police said they were reviewing footage of the incident on Saturday. Harbaugh said he hasn’t spoken to Michigan State coach Mel Tucker since the game.
“I’m not buying any excuse to renounce the rivalry or the tunnel or anything that anyone could blame,” Harbaugh added. “These are the actions of these individuals and they must be accountable for it.”
In a news conference shortly after Harbaugh’s, Tucker said player suspensions will remain in effect until the conference and law enforcement investigation are completed. He declined to comment on Harbaugh’s expectation of criminal charges.
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