A linebacker at Eastern Kentucky University is in serious trouble.
Michael Harris, a former four-star linebacker in the class of 2018 and Auburn transfer, has been charged with three counts of felony assault on a police officer, along with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct (two counts), resisting arrest (two counts), obstructing officials business (two counts), and persistent disorderly conduct while intoxicated (two counts) after body-slamming an officer in Grove City, Ohio this week.
TMZ Sports obtained video footage of the incident, with police confronting an “erratic” Harris in a parking lot and the situation escalating from there.
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According to the official arrest report, the incident occurred on Monday, Feb. 10, with Harris since being transferred to the Franklin County Ohio Jail.
TMZ Sports reports that a woman in Grove City called the police to inform them of a man acting “aggressive” and “did not seem to be ‘all there.'”
After arriving on the scene, things quickly turned physical, with the EKU linebacker eventually picking up one officer and slamming him to the ground before ultimately being restrained and arrested.
According to the report, the officer avoided any serious injury in the fall, with the officers actually taking Harris to the hospital to “get checked out” before he was taken to jail.
The report also adds that in a search of Harris’ vehicle, they found pills and a digital scale that is “consistent with drug use,” though officers noted that the EKU linebacker denied use of medications or “illicit drugs.”
In an email sent to the Eastern Progress, EKU assistant athletics director for communications and branding Kevin Britton said the school “cannot comment further” on the situation, outside of Harris’ current status as a redshirt sophomore on the football roster and student at the school.
“Michael Harris is currently enrolled at EKU and is listed as a redshirt sophomore on the EKU football roster. EKU cannot comment further on current team status or potential disciplinary action related to a specific student-athlete due to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),” Britton said in an email, via the Eastern Progress.
UPDATE (5:40 p.m.): EKU has suspended Harris indefinitely. Britton released this statement to KSR on the matter.
Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is actively monitoring an incident involving one of our student-athletes, Mr. Michael Harris, that resulted in criminal charges against Mr. Harris.
Mr. Harris is currently enrolled at EKU and listed as a redshirt sophomore on the EKU football roster. He has been suspended from all team and football-related activities at this time.
Understanding that details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students. When the facts are established, and the investigation complete, Eastern Kentucky University and EKU Athletics will decide how to move forward responsibly.