Michigan State’s Khary Crump accepts plea deal after Michigan tunnel melee

Khary Crump of Michigan has agreed to plead guilty to counts of assault, battery and disorderly conduct in a plea deal following his role in the Michigan stadium tunnel incident in October, his attorney Mike Nochols told the Detroit Free Press.

Crump, a defensive back who was filmed swinging his helmet at Michigan cornerback Gemon Green, was originally charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon by Washtenaw County District Attorney Eli Savit. Green was reportedly consulted on the plea deal, which includes Crump writing a letter of apology. All charges will be dismissed and expunged from Crump’s record once he completes his probation.

“It’s a milestone,” Crump said in a statement, according to the Free Press. “Writing the apology to Gemon was a milestone. I proceed step by step. I work on KJ the man, KJ the student and KJ the athlete. All I can say is stay tuned.

Video footage showed Michigan State’s Khary Crump hitting Michigan’s Gemon Green with his helmet during a tunnel brawl after their rivalry game on October 29, 2022.

Crump’s charges come with fines of $500 each and a maximum of 93 days in jail. His lawyer apparently does not expect him to be imprisoned. Nichols also told the Free Press that Crump, suspended for the first eight games of next season, does not plan to enter the transfer portal.

Six other Michigan State players are facing charges over the incident, in which Green and Ja’Den McBurrows were beaten by MSU players as they walked to the locker room after a Michigan’s 29-7 victory over the Spartans.

Linebacker Jacoby Windmon faces one count of assault and battery while the other five (Zion Young, Itayvion Brown, Brandon Wright, Angelo Grose and Justin White) have been charged with one count of aggravated assault . All seven players, plus one who has not been charged, have been suspended by Michigan State for the final four games of the 2022 season. Crump is the only one to have been punished more by the Big Ten.

Michigan State's Khary Crump (right) talks to Pittsburgh's Jordan Addison (left) after the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30, 2021.
Michigan State’s Khary Crump (right) talks to Pittsburgh’s Jordan Addison (left) after the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30, 2021.
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“The excuses that [Crump] written to Gemon was sincere. … Slowly but surely he is coming out of a horribly dark place,” Nichols said, according to the Free Press. “I predict that in the end, this kid is going to be one hell of a comeback story.”

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