The Latest on the October 19, 2008 Fight Involving MSU Athletes

Hondo S. Carpenter

Charges have finally been filed against two members of the 2008 Spartan Football team. Although charges are filed, both men are awaiting arraignment. The charges are as follows.
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  • RB Glenn Winston Three misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault.
  • FMR WR Mitchell White One charge of assault and battery.

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I spoke with an attorney that doesn’t represent either player or the University, but is directly involved with the case who told me tonight what he thinks may actually happen. Because of his involvement he spoke on the condition of anonymity:
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"I would be surprised if Winston didn't plea bargain down. I would think that at best he could plead down to a disorderly conduct charge or at worst to at least one of the misdemeanors and get the other two dropped. Of course that would be contingent on him having had no previous other criminal issues, and to the best of my recollection I don’t recall any."
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One player who is not charged, but is no longer part of the MSU Football program is Charles Burrell. He has not been with the team for several weeks.Â
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Winston sat out several games, but was allowed to come back and White has not dressed since the OSU game. Although Winston is listed on the MSU Football official roster for the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2009, White and Burrell are not.
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Sources within the Administration at MSU, but not part of the athletic department in any way told me tonight, “It is our understanding that Winston will remain on the MSU football team. Certainly that could change if any new information is presented to Coach Dantonio, but from what is known now, Coach has dealt with it and Winston will remain.”
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There are several more details that we will be discussing later.Â
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In response the information that Winston and White have had charges filed against them, MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis released this statement earlier tonight:
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"Michigan State University provides a positive environment for students to learn and engage in new experiences. Along with this opportunity, come the expectations that individuals will act appropriately and make positive contributions to our campus and community. Those individuals who stray from this responsibility are held accountable on several levels for those detrimental actions. While I am displeased with the circumstances and actions that led to these charges, I respect the integrity and approach of our coaching staffs, East Lansing Police Department, and Prosecutor’s office in their response to the situation. Most importantly, my thoughts continue to be with A.J. Sturges, a respected student-athlete on our ice hockey team. The particular circumstances aside, no member of the University community should experience this kind of injury. We have trust in the justice system and we look forward to A.J.’s recovery."

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