Seven Michigan State players charged after brawl at Michigan game
From time to time, NFL players engage in physical violence beyond the period between the whistle and the whistle. While many take the characterization of #attack as a punchline, it’s also true.
Football players do not tolerate physicality that falls outside the scope of the game. When it happens, it should not be ignored.
However, footballers who inflict violence on other footballers outside of playing football rarely face criminal charges. From former Titans defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth stomping on the forehead of former Cowboys center Andre Gurode to Browns defensive tackle. Myles Garrett Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolphs hit the Rams defense with his helmet Aaron Donald Rocking a pair of helmets like Bart Simpson clenching his fists When he approached his sister, criminal charges have yet to be filed against NFL players for assaulting other players.
A group of Michigan State players weren’t so lucky. Via ESPN.com’s Tom VanHaa, seven of them have been criminally charged after attacking a pair of Michigan players in the tunnel after the Oct. 29 game between the two teams.
Michigan State defensive back Khary Crump has been charged with felony assault, according to VanHaaren. Video evidence showed Crump hit Michigan defensive back Gemon Green with his helmet. Green suffered a concussion.
Michigan State defensive end Jacoby Windmon was charged with felony assault and battery. Five others have been charged with aggravated assault.
However cases are played, the message is simple. Playing football doesn’t become a blank check to punch, hit, stomp, swing helmets, etc. after a play or game. Players must know when to shut down, or face the consequences of not doing so.
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