Michigan State footballer Khary Crump accepts plea deal in Michigan Stadium tunnel brawl

The Michigan State football player who faces the most serious charges over the incident inside the Michigan Stadium tunnel has accepted a plea deal.

Khary Crump agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of assault/battery and disorderly conduct by shoving. He was initially charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon by Washtenaw County Attorney Eli Savit on November 23.

Crump, 21, will appear in Ann Arbor 15th District Court by Zoom at 9 a.m. Jan. 5 to accept the plea deal, his attorney, Mike Nichols, told the Free Press. Upon completion of his probationary period under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, all charges will be dismissed and cleared from his criminal record.

Michigan State CB Khary Crump drills with young athletes Saturday, June 25, 2022, during Taylor Moton 517 Football Camp at the Hope Sports Complex in Lansing.  Over 400 kids participated.

Michigan State CB Khary Crump drills with young athletes Saturday, June 25, 2022, during Taylor Moton 517 Football Camp at the Hope Sports Complex in Lansing. Over 400 kids participated.

Nichols said Michigan player Gemon Green, whom Crump was seen swinging his helmet at Green during the incident Oct. 29, was consulted on the plea deal. The settlement also stipulated that Crump write an apology letter to Green.

“This is a step,” Crump said in a statement to the Free Press. “Writing an apology to Gemon was a step. I am doing this step by step. I’m working on KJ the man, KJ the student and KJ the athlete. All I can say is stay tuned.

Nichols said Crump, who has already moved from Arizona to MSU ahead of the 2021 season, has no plans to enter the transfer portal after the incident in which he and six other MSU players were blamed for two incidents that they brought in Green and UM teammate Ja’Den McBurrows as the Spartans entered their locker room following a 29-7 loss.

“The apologies he wrote to Gemon were sincere. … Slowly but surely, she is pulling herself out of a horribly dark place,” Nichols told the Free Press.

“I predict that ultimately, this guy is going to be one hell of a comeback story.”

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The two misdemeanor charges each carry a $500 fine for each charge and up to 93 days in jail, though Nichols does not expect Crump to receive jail time.

After being suspended for the final four games of the season, Crump has yet to miss the first eight games of the 2023 season by the Big Ten.

Michigan State Spartans cornerback Khary Crump (14) and Ohio State Buckeyes long snapper Bradley Robinson (42) share words after a punt return.

Michigan State Spartans cornerback Khary Crump (14) and Ohio State Buckeyes long snapper Bradley Robinson (42) share words after a punt return.

MSU linebacker Jacoby Windmon is facing a count of misdemeanor assault and battery for the incident with UM’s Green, who according to police files suffered an abrasion above his right eyelid, a cut in the corner of his eye right side and a lesion on the right side of the upper lip.

Five others: defensive ends Zion Young, Itayvion “Tank” Brown and Brandon Wright; and defendants Angelo Grose and Justin White – were charged with one count of aggravated misdemeanor assault in the incident with McBurrows, who according to police documents suffered a broken cartilage in his nose and a small laceration in his lower left back.

MSU head coach Mel Tucker suspended all seven players for the Spartans’ final four games of the season, along with one other who ultimately went uncharged for the incident. All but Crump have been reinstated and face no further punishment from the Big Ten.

Contact Chris Solari: csolari@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari.

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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football Khary Crump accepts plea deal in tunnel fight

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