Thursday, February 25, 2010
Final three MSU players plead guilty
By ESPN.com staff
The final three Michigan State players charged in the Nov. 22 residence hall incident have pled guilty to assault.
Nose tackle Oren Wilson, cornerback Chris L. Rucker and wide receiver Myles White each entered the pleas Thursday as part of agreements with the prosecutor's office. Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery, telling a judge he kicked one person and punched another at Rather Hall. Both Rucker and White pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.
The more serious charge of conspiracy was dropped against all three men. They await sentencing next month.
Wilson wasn't charged in the incident until Jan. 26 and was allowed to play in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.
All 11 current or former Michigan State players charged in the incident have now pled guilty. Head coach Mark Dantonio has indefinitely suspended the seven players still with the team, and they're not participating in the team's winter conditioning program.
Dantonio is expected to make a final ruling on the players' status after the legal process concludes.
The two players reportedly at the center of the incident, running back Glenn Winston and safety Roderick Jenrette, have been dismissed from the team.
The sentences are scheduled to come down in mid to late March. Michigan State begins spring practice March 23.