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Monday, December 22, 2008
Statement from Michigan State AD on charges

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis issued the following statement this afternoon after the announcement that football players Glenn Winston and Mitchell White will be charged with misdemeanor assault of Spartans hockey player A.J. Sturges in October.

"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." 

Here are some more details about the incident, courtesy of the Lansing State Journal. 

"[Prosecutor Stuart] Dunnings said the incident took place at a party at a house that was 'principally occupied by hockey players.' Two men were 'having a discussion about a female,' Dunnings said, and that led to an altercation between some of their friends. That fight ended, and one of the people involved left and brought back some friends, Dunnings said. Heavy fighting ensued."

There's no word yet on how the impending charges impact Winston's and White's status with the team. Michigan State plays in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1. Winston had emerged as the team's primary kickoff returner during Big Ten play. White has not played this season.