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Michigan State has suspended four more players amid an investigation into an altercation in the tunnels after the Michigan game

Michigan State has suspended four more players amid an investigation into an altercation in the tunnels after the Michigan game

Multiple players were involved in a post-game brawl in the locker room tunnel after no. 4 Michigan’s 29-7 win Michigan State on Saturday in Ann Arbor. As programs and the Big Ten Conference continue their ongoing investigation into the matter, Michigan State suspended four additional players Tuesday after initially suspending four players Sunday.

The school announced Tuesday that running back Malcolm Jones, defensive back Justin White, EDGE Jacoby Windmon and linebacker Brandon Wright were also suspended. The latest suspensions come just two days after linebacker Tank Brown, cornerback Khary Crump, safety Angel Grose and defensive end Zion Young were suspended after MSU coach Mel Tucker reviewed what he called “disturbing electronic evidence.”

Eight players will be suspended indefinitely until the investigation is completed.

Video captured by the Detroit News shows one of two alleged incidents between the teams with an unidentified Michigan player being pushed and kicked by Michigan State players as they left the field. Another video shows an even more violent part of the incident with helmets apparently being swung in the direction of Wolverines players.

Defensive backs Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green were identified as the Michigan players involved, and Green retained attorney Tom Mars to help file lawsuits.

“There needs to be accountability,” Harbaugh said Monday. “A full, thorough, timely investigation is needed. I can’t imagine that this won’t result in criminal charges. The footage is bad. It’s clear what happened. This is very open and shut. As they say, watch the footage.

Manuel was seen after the game talking with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren and local officials. University of Michigan police are in the process of investigating along with Michigan State University police, the former said in a statement Saturday night.

“What happened after the game was completely unacceptable,” Manuel said. “I spoke to the commissioner and he’s looking into it. The police are also investigating. We’ll leave it in their hands, but this is not how we should communicate after the game. That’s not the way another team should grab a player and do what they did. It’s completely and utterly unacceptable. We’ll let the Big Ten and law enforcement deal with it, but this is not what this rivalry should be. It shouldn’t be remembered.”

Michigan State President Samuel Stanley called the actions of the Spartans football players “unacceptable” and promised to hold those involved accountable.

“I am extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior displayed by members of our football program,” Stanley said in a statement. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my sincere apologies to the University of Michigan and the student-athletes who were injured. There is no provocation that could justify the behavior seen in the videos. Rivalries can be intense, but they must never be violent.”

It’s Michigan’s second tunnel fight in as many games. A 41-17 win at halftime Penn Stateplayers from both teams got into a heated exchange, leading to a lengthy media feud between Harbaugh and Penn State coach James Franklin.

“All you have to do is walk into their locker room,” Harbaugh he told reporters last monday. “Like, you could see pretty clearly that they stopped completely. They wouldn’t let us go up through the tunnel. And it just seemed like another ploy to keep us from getting into the locker rooms.”

Michigan Stadium, which opened in 1927, has only one exit to both locker rooms. Typically, the away team heads into the tunnel first, with Michigan following. During Saturday’s scrimmage, an unidentified Michigan player was seen in the tunnel while the rest of his teammates were still celebrating on the field.

“There really should be a policy that the first team in, there’s a buffer,” Franklin said after the first scrimmage. “If not, this team starts talking to it, they start bouncing back and forth, and something bad is going to happen.”





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