Four more Michigan State football players have been suspended in the wake of the violence that broke out in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium after Saturday night’s game in Ann Arbor.
Freshman cornerback Malcolm Jones, redshirt junior cornerback Justin White, senior linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon and senior defensive end Brandon Wright bring the total of MSU players suspended after Saturday’s events to eight.
In a statement released by the athletic department on Tuesday afternoon, MSU AD Alan Haller and head coach Mel Tucker said: “We are transparently working with law enforcement and the Big Ten Conference to evaluate additional facts and evidence surrounding the events in Ann Arbor. We will continue to take appropriate action in this matter as we learn more. The student-athlete suspensions will remain in place until the investigations are completed.”
The statement said that the new suspensions come as MSU continues “to gather and review electronic evidence of the altercation.”
On Sunday, Tucker announced that the suspensions of starting defensive back Angelo Grose, starting defensive end Zion Young, backup defensive end Itayvion “Tank” Brown and backup defensive back Khary Crump. Those players were seen in several social media videos attacking U-M defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows after MSU’s 29-7 loss late Saturday night.
Several more videos have emerged since the initial rush early Sunday morning, including those that showed Michigan defensive back Gemon Green being struck by an MSU player wielding a helmet. Green has since retained a lawyer, who released a statement on Monday apparently setting the stage for civil lawsuit.
Windmon, a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this season, was in the video released by ABC near Green and Crump. He has started all eight games between defensive end and linebacker and leads the nation with six forced fumbles and a team-high 5.5 sacks among his 49 tackles. Windmon also has an interception and a fumble recovery.
Wright has 14 tackles and a sack as a backup defensive end. The Spartans have been without Khris Bogle and Jeff Pietrowski at defensive end and now appear heading to Illinois with even less depth minus Windmon, Wright, Young and Brown.
White has seen action at nickelback and safety this season as well as on special teams. He has 19 tackles. Jones, a freshman cornerback, has played in three games on special teams and has two tackles.