Seven Michigan St. football players engaged in a melee in a tunnel

FILE - Security and police break up a fight between players from the Michigan and Michigan State football teams in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after an NCAA college football game on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Seven Michigan State football players have been charged in a postgame melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday, Nov. 23, from the Washtenaw County District Attorney's Office.  (Kyle Austin/MLive Media Group via AP, File)
FILE - Security and police break up a fight between players from the Michigan and Michigan State football teams in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after an NCAA college football game on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Seven Michigan State football players have been charged in a postgame melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday, Nov. 23, from the Washtenaw County District Attorney's Office.  (Kyle Austin/MLive Media Group via AP, File)
FILE - Security and police break up a fight between players from the Michigan and Michigan State football teams in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after an NCAA college football game on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Seven Michigan State football players have been charged in a postgame melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday, Nov. 23, from the Washtenaw County District Attorney's Office.  (Kyle Austin/MLive Media Group via AP, File)

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FILE – Security and police break up a fight between players from the Michigan and Michigan State football teams in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after an NCAA college football game on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Seven Michigan State football players have been charged in a postgame melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday, Nov. 23, from the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office. (Kyle Austin/MLive Media Group via AP, File)

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FILE – Security and police break up a fight between players from the Michigan and Michigan State football teams in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after an NCAA college football game on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Seven Michigan State football players have been charged in a postgame melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday, Nov. 23, from the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office. (Kyle Austin/MLive Media Group via AP, File)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Seven Michigan State football players have been charged for their actions during the postgame melee in the Michigan Stadium tunnel last month, according to a statement Wednesday from the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office.

The most serious charge is against cornerback Harry Crump, who faces one count of felonious assault. The charges against the other six are felonies. Linebacker Itayvion “Tank” Brown, safety Angelo Grose, cornerback Justin White, defensive end Brandon Wright and defensive end Zion Young are each charged with one count of aggravated assault, and linebacker Jacoby Windmon faces one count of assault and battery.

None of Michigan’s players are facing charges that were announced before the teams’ final regular-season games. No. 3 Michigan plays rival No. 2 Ohio State on the road Saturday with the Big Ten East division title at stake. A few hours later, the Spartans close out the season at No. 11 Penn State, needing a win to become bowl eligible.

Brawls broke out in the Michigan Stadium tunnel on Oct. 29 after the Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7. Posts on social media showed Michigan State players shoving, punching and kicking Michigan’s Ja’Den McBurroughs in and near a hallway that doesn’t lead to either locker room. Brown, Grose and Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurroughs.

McBurrows and defensive back Jammon Green walked up the tunnel with the Spartans after the game as much of the Michigan team waved the Spartans off the field after beating their in-state rivals for the first time in three years.

Green, in another post, is seen surrounded by police as he yells through the tunnel at Michigan State players.

Cramp in one video appears to swing his helmet at a Michigan player. This may explain the more serious charge, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. State law describes felonious assault as an assault “using a knife, iron rod, club, knuckleduster, or other dangerous weapon without intent to kill or do great bodily harm.”

A misdemeanor conviction for assault carries up to a year in prison, while misdemeanor assault carries a maximum sentence of 93 days behind bars.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said one of the players, whom he did not identify, may have had a broken nose. He also said Green was punched by a Spartans player and McBurrows was assaulted when he tried to help.

The prosecutor’s statement did not provide details of the charges, including who was charged with the hit. He added that the office would have no further comment while the case was ongoing. It was not clear when the accused players would make their first court appearance.

Michigan State’s athletic director and football coach did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Michigan President Santa J. Ono said Wednesday in a statement that the school appreciates the “thoughtful, deliberate approach by the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office to this unfortunate incident.”

“We also want to express our concern for all the players involved, especially those who were injured,” Ohno said. “The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any further reviews of this matter.”

The attorney representing Green, Tom Mars, said after the charges were filed that he was “not at all surprised by the prosecutor’s decision.”

Asked if his client could prosecute the melee, Marrs said that after speaking with Green and his father, they agreed with his recommendation “that no action be taken on the tunnel incident until the season is over.”

“I don’t want any of this to distract from Michigan football, and neither does Gemon,” Mars said.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker suspended eight players — including Malcolm Jones, who was not charged — for their role in the melee.

After the Oct. 29 incident, then-Michigan State President Samuel Stanley publicly apologized for the “brutal” fight. His departure was unrelated to the fight in Ann Arbor last month.

“I am extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior displayed by members of our football program,” Stanley said in a statement at the time. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my sincere apologies to the University of Michigan and the student-athletes who were injured.”

After the charges were announced Wednesday, Michigan State Interim President Theresa K. Woodruff released a statement saying the school will “continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigations.”

“While we do not condone the actions taken by some football players on Oct. 29, we will support our student-athletes through this process,” she said. “MSU believes strongly in restorative justice practices and education around harm.”

She added that universities “must make our respective environments safe places for competition.” She said she was committed to making “significant changes” to that end and would report back by the end of the year. Woodruff did not specify what those changes might be.

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Tarm reported from Chicago.

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