After the Michigan-Michigan State football game on Saturday, things got chippy on the field.
The fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines squad bested the Spartans 29-7 in an impressive victory in Ann Arbor, and after the game, some extracurricular activity occurred.
On3 provides a breakdown of the fight and the moments leading up to the incident. ESPN reports that police are currently investigating the scuffle that occurred, per Michigan’s athletic director Warde Manuel.
“Got a little feisty on the field after the game was over,” Tom VanHaaren wrote in his caption along with the video. “Nothing major, a few spats.”
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was visibly distraught about the incident after the game. He said that instead of celebrating in the locker room, the coaches were addressing the incident with the players.
“Just like anybody, you want to protect your players,” Harbaugh said. “Ten on one, whatever it was, it was just bad. It needs to be investigated and brought to a conclusion. Our athletic director will make sure that that takes place.”
Video on social media from the Detroit News showed Spartans players gathered around Wolverines defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows throwing punches and kicks.
“What happened after the game is completely unacceptable. I’ve talked to the commissioner, he’s looking into it,” Manuel said. “The police are also looking into it, because they’ve seen the video and they’re addressing it. We will leave it in their hands, but this is not how we should interact after a game.”
Michigan and Michigan State Release Joint Statement About Altercation
“This is not the way another team should grab a player and do what they did, it’s completely and utterly unacceptable. We will let the Big Ten and law enforcement handle it, but this is not what a rivalry should be about.”
Moreover, both universities released a joint statement about the incident that occurred on Saturday.
“The University of Michigan Police, in partnership with Michigan State University Police, Michigan Athletics and Michigan football, is actively reviewing footage and investigating the postgame incident,” the statement said. “Situations like these, and the safety of the community, are taken very seriously.”
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker initially said after the game that he didn’t know what happened. However, on Sunday, he tweeted that “there is no excuse for behavior that puts our team or our opponents at risk.”
Michigan State president Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said in a statement that he is “extremely saddened” by the Spartan players’ “unacceptable behavior.” He said that the players would be held responsible.