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MSU Football Players 'will' Face Criminal charges in the "Brawl @ the Big House"

Seven Michigan State football players are facing criminal charges stemming from their fight with two University of Michigan players after the MSU/UM game on October 29th.

The Washtenaw County Prosecutors' office made that decision public yesterday.

Surveillance video showed several Spartan players hitting and kicking two Wolverine players in the tunnel leading from the field at Michigan Stadium. The alleged victims were later identified as Ja'Den McBurrows and Gemon Green.

No Michigan players were charged. Attornies for at least two of the MSU players have called their client's actions "self-defense."

Here are the players and the alleged charges filed against them.

• Khary Crump: One count of felonious assault, a felony.

• Itayvion Brown: One count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

• Angelo Grose: One count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

• Justin White: One count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

• Brandon Wright: One count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

• Zion Young: One count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

• Jacoby Windmon: One count of assault and battery, a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors say the one Spartan player, Khary Crump, facing a felony count -- was seen on video swinging a helmet at the bare head of a Michigan player.

A total of eight Michigan State players were suspended indefinitely by Coach Mel Tucker pending further investigation for their involvement in the brawl. One, Freshman Malcolm Jones, was not charged with a crime by Washtenaw county.

Michigan State interim president Teresa Woodruff said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon that the school and athletic department will "continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigation reviews."

Woodruff also said, "While we do not condone the actions taken by some football players on Oct. 29, we will support our student-athletes through this process ... and consequences, which were announced today, are part of a learning environment. But I also believe that as universities, we must make our respective environments safe places for competition."

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