Michigan State’s Mel Tucker Apologizes for Tunnel Altercations
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker expressed his disappointment over the actions of several Spartans players on Monday following their involvement in an altercation with Michigan defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows after Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor.
Tucker opened his press conference with a statement addressing the fight and the decision he made on Sunday to suspend Tank Brown, Khary Crump, Angelo Grose and Zion Young after reviewing video evidence with Michigan athletic director Alan Haller.
The Big Ten Police Department and the University of Michigan Police Department launched an investigation into this incident.
“Michigan State football is about integrity, discipline, unselfishness, toughness and accountability. Tucker stated that the incidents involving a small number of our players are not representative of our culture. “I decided to suspend players based upon video evidence that was presented to me and our athletic Director yesterday. The suspensions will allow players to receive academic support as well as medical services, but they will be unable to attend any team activities, including weight training and meetings.
” The entire team will cooperate with law enforcement and Big Ten Conference to further assess the events in Ann Arbor. These suspensions will continue in effect until the investigations are complete. When we have a full report, I will address further actions, if needed.”
Tucker, who also issued a statement condemning the fight Sunday morning, then apologized to both schools, the Big Ten and all Spartans and Wolverines supporters for the players’ “unacceptable” actions.
” We are not here to excuse the behavior on Saturday.” 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.”
Shocking video of Saturday’s fight circulated shortly after the Wolverines’ 29-7 win, and showed a group of Spartans players appearing to shove, kick and punch McBurrows while he was on the ground in the tunnel between the field and locker rooms at Michigan Stadium. A second video showed a Wolverines player being hit with a helmet from a Spartans player.
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