Michigan State football player Khary Crump pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of assault, battery and disorderly person jostling. Crump was accused of striking an opposing player with his helmet during a brawl inside the stadium’s tunnel last season.
On Oct. 29, two teams went head-to-head on and off the field. The altercation followed behind the University of Michigan defeating its college rival Michigan State, 29-7.
Crump was the only player charged with a felony out of the several Michigan State players facing charges following the scuffle. Video clips of the incident show some of Michigan State’s players punching and kicking a Michigan player named Ja’Den McBurrows.
According to NY Times, On Jan. 5, Crump’s lawyer Mike Nichols stated the 20-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of assault and battery and one count of disorderly conduct. Nichols said a letter of apology to Gemon Green was part of the deal.
The felony was dropped under a deal with prosecutors. The agreement entailed a letter of apology to Gemon Green and Crump’s record expunged if he continued to stay out of trouble while on probation.
Crump will participate in a program under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which assists individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 with securing a clean record after completing probation.
Crump’s coach Mel Tucker suspended him until further notice, and the Big Ten has suspended him for eight games this year.
According to Nichols, Crump is very “remorseful about what he did.”
“It was really, really hard, and I’m just super proud of him for struggling through,” Nichols said to NY Times.
He also noted that despite the emotional toll the incident had on the player, he still was expected to Crump to work on his assignments and his physical conditioning.
“He’s still enrolled, still got a scholarship, and he’s still technically on the team, even though he’s suspended,” Mr. Nichols said.
“When the suspension is finally over, he can do what he loves to do,” he added that
According to NY Times, Crump is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 31. Crump’s assault and battery charges can order him to 93 days in jail.