A Michigan State football player who had been facing a felony charge for striking an opposing player together with his helmet during a skirmish contained in the stadium’s tunnel last season pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanors, his lawyer said.
In a take care of prosecutors, the player, Khary Crump, 20, pleaded guilty to at least one count of assault and battery and one count of disorderly conduct in reference to the tussle on Oct. 29, which took place after the University of Michigan defeated its rival Michigan State, 29-7, based on his lawyer, Mike Nichols.
The felonious assault charge that Mr. Crump had originally faced was dropped by prosecutors, and his criminal record might be expunged once he completes a program under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which supplies people between the ages of 18 and 25 a clean record in the event that they successfully complete probation, Mr. Nichols said.
Mr. Crump is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 31. The assault and battery charge carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail. Mr. Nichols said that he didn’t expect his client could be sentenced to serve any jail time.
In line with The Associated Press, Judge Cedric Simpson of the Washtenaw County District Court gave the impression to be pleased with the deal, and he quipped concerning the role that his alma mater, the University of Maryland, had played.
“This was handled in great fashion, however it could have only been done so by a Maryland Terrapin,” he said, referring to the nickname for the university’s athletic teams.
The plea take care of the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, which didn’t immediately reply to an email in search of comment on Thursday, got here about two months after a video showed Mr. Crump and 6 other players entering into a scuffle with a Michigan player, Ja’Den McBurrows.
The video showed Mr. Crump swinging his helmet at Mr. McBurrows contained in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium, and it appeared to indicate Mr. Crump’s teammates also hitting the defensive back because the University of Michigan fight song blared within the background and staffers and officers swarmed in.
Six other Michigan State players were charged with misdemeanors in reference to the episode.
Mr. Crump’s actions prompted outrage from football fans. Some, Mr. Nichols said, directly messaged Mr. Crump on social media and crudely expressed their negative opinions of him. Jim Harbaugh, the top coach of the Michigan Wolverines, said at a news conference in October that what had happened contained in the tunnel was “egregious.”
“It’s sickening to observe the videos,” he said, adding that there needed to be accountability.
The University of Michigan didn’t immediately reply to an email in search of comment on Thursday night.
Mr. Crump was suspended from the team by his head coach, Mel Tucker. He may even miss the primary eight games of next season, based on Mr. Nichols, who said his client was remorseful about what he did.
“It was really, really hard, and I’m just super pleased with him for struggling through,” Mr. Nichols said.
In December, Mr. Crump wrote a letter to Mr. McBurrows to apologize for his actions, Mr. Nichols said.
He added that within the aftermath of what happened contained in the tunnel that night, Mr. Crump had continued to work on his class work and his conditioning.
“He’s still enrolled, still got a scholarship, and he’s still technically on the team, though he’s suspended,” Mr. Nichols said. He added that “when the suspension is finally over, he can do what he likes to do.”