Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that “an apology won’t get the job done” and that he expects criminal charges to be filed after Saturday. post-match altercations with state of michigan.
After the Wolverines’ 29-7 win, Harbaugh said two of his players were ‘attacked’ in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium following the match. One of the Michigan players was a defensive back Ja’den McBurrowsa source previously confirmed to Athleticismand Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that the other was a defensive back Gem Green.
“I come (to) this from the perspective of being a parent. These young men are entrusted by their families to our program and we have a responsibility to every player to treat them as our own, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” Harbaugh said at a press conference on Monday. “An apology won’t do the job in this case.”
“I can’t imagine this won’t result in criminal charges,” Harbaugh said, describing videos of the incident – which were widely shared on social media – as “sickening”. He noted that ABC’s tunnel camera captured additional angles of what happened.
“The behavior we reviewed was both unusual for our football program and unacceptable,” MSU athletic director Alan Haller said in a statement on Sunday.
“On behalf of our university and our athletics department, I have been in constant contact with University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel and Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren, as well as with members of our Spartan family to apologize and ensure our cooperation with the law. law enforcement as they investigate this matter.
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University of Michigan police said Saturday they are reviewing footage of the incident. Harbaugh said he hasn’t spoken with Michigan State coach Mel Tucker since the game.
“I’m not buying any excuses that are going to be fired on the rivalry or the tunnel or anything else that someone could possibly blame,” Harbaugh added. “These are the actions of these individuals and they must be held accountable.”
At a press conference shortly after Harbaugh’s, Tucker said the player suspensions would remain in place until conference and law enforcement investigations are complete. He declined to comment on Harbaugh’s expectations regarding criminal charges.
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