UPDATE: Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio this afternoon kicked two Spartan players off the team for “violation of team rules.”
It is not yet know if the players were involved in the dorm attacks, but if they aren’t, that’s a pretty stunning coincidence.
Brittany Shammas of the Michigan State University daily THE STATE NEWS has an alarming report on an altercation at a Michigan State dorm on Sunday night.
Witnesses and students involved in the incident said a group of 15 to 20 men, who some described as MSU football players, stormed into the dormitory and hit and injured about seven students, some of them women.
(Alleged attackers wore ski masks)
Police and university officials were tight-lipped Monday about what witnesses have described as a multiple-person assault that happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the Rather Hall lounge.
The student daily did locate witnesses who went on the record about the incident.
Brent Mitchell, a communication junior who said he was sent to Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital after being punched in the face, said some of the men wore ski masks, but others were recognized as football team members.
“I walked up and said, ‘It isn’t worth it.’ A guy with dreadlocks hit me and in the scuffle slapped, hit females to get them out of the way,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell added that the men who launched the attack, “said they were looking for a man who had been involved in a spat with one of them the night before during an Iota Phi Theta event at The Small Planet, 16800 Chandler Road, Mitchell said.”
Mitchell, who is a member of the fraternity, “said he was struck after the men realized the person they sought wasn’t there. He said the altercation lasted for about a minute before the men left.”
School sophomore Andrew Green described another confrontation at the same scene: “He (attacker) was coming downstairs and looked at him and punched him in the jaw.”
MSU freshman Mitch Lex said eight campus police officers were in the lobby in the aftermath, with blood present on the floor.
Lex: “There was some medic treating this kid sitting in lounge area. It looked like he had a baseball in his cheek.”
From Mitchell’s description, this sounds like an attack resulting from a dispute between the fraternity and other individuals who could include football players. The conduct, especially as it includes the use of ski masks, is most certainly criminal. Now it’s up to police to sort out who is who.
School officials have acknowledged the incident took place and said they are awaiting the findings of campus police. At the moment, no charges or arrests have been made, but that could change in short order. The MSU athletic dept. is also mum on the subject.
Additionally, I’ve been told that there is video of the incident which could go a long way to determining if Michigan State football players were indeed involved.