Lawyer: Wolverines Player Started Tunnel Fight After MSU-Michigan
Dave Diamond was the lawyer representing a Michigan State football star involved in the tunnel attack. A few weekends ago , claimed a Michigan player had actually started it.
The Los Angeles-based lawyer released a statement saying a Wolverine “engaged with Spartan athletes with his helmet and a swinging punch.”
“The media has taken the bait from a coach and master victim and his howls at the moon. We know that the altercation was started by a UM player. Eyewitnesses described it as a charge with his helmet and throwing punches,” the attorney said. He said, “The justice system is designed to be impartial.” The fact-finding mission is not helped by the repeated ‘hail the victims’ song and dance. Ann Arbor screamed to bring Coach Howard under criminal investigation for assault and Devin Bush with felonious vandalism. The silence was palpitating. It is very painful to see the hypocrisy. We recognize that there was wrongdoing by all involved, but this incident is not one that warrants criminal prosecution.
” We have seen similar behavior on the gridiron, and even worse, and suddenly because it occurs in a tunnel, which is known for incompetent security management and poor post-game management. There are calls for criminal prosecutions. My client is a young man who responded to the situation before him.”
Michigan State has suspended at least eight players in connection with the Oct. 30 incident as of Nov. 1. Two videos shared on social media captured two different altercations, and one Michigan player–defensive back Gemon Green, who allegedly was hit with a helmet–plans to press charges.
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Oct. 31 that there is “an ongoing police investigation” and called the incident “egregious.”
“It’s sickening to watch the videos. You can see the videos on social media and also the ABC tunnel cam. It is at a higher elevation so it shows more of what happened. As I said, those are sickening to watch.”
Malcolm Jones, Justin White, Jacoby Windham, Brandon Wright, Tank Brown, Khary Crump, Angelo Grose and Zion Young are the Spartans who have been suspended thus far. Coach Mel Tucker released a statement Sunday morning after the game and followed it up during his Monday press conference, expressing his disappointment.
” We’re not here for excuses for Saturday’s behavior,” he stated. They are unacceptable. It is important to mention that we respect the traditions of Big Ten Conference, including the Michigan State rivalry game. We have a responsibility for upholding the values of this 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.”
The University of Michigan Police Department and the Big Ten are also conducting investigations.
According to Diamond, a relative of a Michigan player went through security and confronted the Spartans player. He said in the statement, “why were the UM players allowed in the tunnel and rather than criticize an MSU employee for not engaging with 6 foot 6-inch giants, we must ask ourselves about the Michigan security in the tunnel.
“… This case does not warrant a criminal investigation, according to the Detective investigating it. Speaking with the Detective investigating the case, I am comforted by his impartiality.”
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