On Sunday, Michigan State head football coach Mel Tucker announced the suspension of four Spartan players who were seen attacking Michigan defensive back Ja'Den McBurrows.
Today, as more evidence of the altercation continues to surface, Michigan State's Director of Athletics and head football coach announced in a joint statement the suspension of four more players involved in the incident.
The statement, co-signed by University Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller as well as coach Mel Tucker, reads as follows:
Michigan State University athletics and the football program are committed to the highest level of sportsmanship. As we continue to gather and review electronic evidence of the altercations between Michigan State and University of Michigan student-athletes on October 29. 2022, we are suspending student-athletes Malcolm Jones, Justin White, Jacoby Windmon and Brandon Wright. The suspensions are effective immediately.
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 health and safety of our student-athletes. coaches. personnel, and the Spartan community is our number one priority.
Thank you for your continued collaboration and support as we move forward together.
Bringing the total suspension count to eight, Malcolm Jones, Justin White, Jacoby Windmon and Brandon Wright join Angelo Grose, Zion Young, Itayvion Brown and Khary Crump as players receiving punishment for their involvement in last week's incident.
As more information and evidence is made available to both the public and the ongoing investigation, it's possible more Spartan players may be reprimanded for their contributions to last Saturday's tunnel altercation.
The Michigan State Spartans, 3-5, will now be without several impact players for their Saturday showdown with No. 14 ranked Illinois.