More details have been made public regarding an incident in East Lansing involving Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry. The 19-year-old was charged and arraigned on with four counts – two misdemeanors of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, one felony count of obstructing and resisting a police officer, as well as underage drinking. The team suspended him from their Orange Bowl game against Florida State less than 24 hours later after the news broke.
An East Lansing Police Department report was released on Wednesday detailing the events of an October 15 night at an East Lansing bar. This was the weekend that Michigan had a bye week and was also Homecoming weekend for Michigan State. According to the report, the sophomore wideout was with a group of friends, including one additional unnamed Michigan football player, and got into a verbal altercation with a group of women in line to get into the establishment. One unnamed Michigan State female student said as tempers flared, Perry grabbed her in the groin and buttocks region and eventually shoved him back before asking the bouncer to call authorities.
Police arrived around the time the altercation got physical and intervened. The report details that Perry attempted to flee from police at the time but was tackled and found in possession of a fake ID. The Birmingham Brother Rice product faces a preliminary examination on Thursday.
Those who were with Perry that October 15 evening said to police that the accusing woman made false claims and wrongly identified Perry as the culprit, and also said that Perry did not lay his hands on a woman. But according the report, all three women claim that it was Perry who grabbed the one female. Also in the report, the bar owner nor the bouncer did not witness the female being grabbed, but merely described it as an “altercation in line among a closely packed group of people.”
Perry did not travel with the team to Miami for Friday’s Orange Bowl game against Florida State. The sophomore has 27 career receptions for 311 yards and two touchdowns.