There is expression where people say “just when you think things cannot get any worse, they often will.” Well whoever made up that expression must have Michigan wide receiver Csont’e York in mind, because unfortunately for him things continue to get worse.
“Csont’e York is suspended indefinitely for failing to meet team standards and will not report for fall camp,” said Michigan head coach Brady Hoke in a statement. “We demand that every person in our program represent the University of Michigan and the Michigan football program the right way on and off the field. When people fall short of that, there are consequences.”
Shortly thereafter, York was charged with three counts of assault for an incident that relating to an offense committed on July 18, per a warrant filed Friday in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court, according to MLive.com
The records show York will face one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery. All three of these charges are misdemeanors.
Ann Arbor police have not yet released any details about the incident.
In the state of Michigan, the charge of assault or assault and battery is a misdemeanor that is “punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.”
The charge of aggravated assault is “punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.”
Well on Tuesday it got worse, when the Ann Arbor police released a video that shows the suspended Michigan receiver punching a 23-year-old man outside of a downtown bar last month. MLive.com was able to obtain the black and white video, in which you will see York is visible near the top of the frame wearing a white, bucket-style hat and the victim does not appears see the punch coming. The punch occurs at about the 20-second mark in the video, which is posted below.
According to MLive.com, York’s punched knocked out a tooth and broke his jaw in three places, requiring it to be wired shut and necessitating the temporary use of a breathing tube, according to the police report, which was obtained along with the video via a Freedom of Information Act request.
The video shows a crowd of people outside Scorekeepers Bar and Grille, 310 Maynard St., around 2:15 a.m. on July 18. The Ann Arbor Art Fair was going on at the time, and tents are visible in the street next to the sidewalk.
York, 20, who is wearing a fishing cap in the video, and his teammate Da’Mario Jones, 19, apparently got into a confrontation with the victim and his friend because York believed the victim bumped into him.
There was also some sort of argument about hockey and football, according to the report.
A witness described for police what happened after he and the victim left Scorekeepers.
“A group of people were arguing about football and hockey. Everyone was talking … crap. … (The victim) was jaw-jacking. All (of a) sudden, the guy just came up and cold clocked (the victim).”
One witness said he thought York hit the victim because he is white, according to the report, but York and Jones told police it was because the men bumped into them.
York and Jones fled the scene on foot, but Ann Arbor police officers took them into custody around 5:47 a.m. that same day.
When interviewed by police, York said he had “very little” to drink and that after the left the bar, he and his group of friends stood around outside talking to people.
“A group of dudes walked by and bumped me,” he told police. “He was (so) close to me that he elbowed me as he walked by.”
During the altercation, York said one of the men “walked up on” his teammate, according to the report.
“He pressed up on him face to face exchanging words for no reason,” York told police. “I got (nervous) and scared about the situation so I hit the guy. I punched him.”
Jones told police he thought the group of men were on the U-M hockey team, according to the report. There is no indication that the victim is on the hockey team.
Jones said the victim walked up and taunted him before York punched him.
Jones told police that as the victim leaned in, which is visible in the video, he said, “You think you’re really tough; you guys are some (expletive).”
A breath test revealed York had a blood alcohol content of .057, which is below the legal limit to drive for someone over 21.
Although I have said this in previous articles, I have to say once gain that I find this continuous news about York very unfortunate. I never like to see a bright and talented young man like York getting into trouble with the law or otherwise. Now, we will have to wait and see what happens next for the Michigan Native and former Chandler Park Academy standout.
York is due in court August 22nd, where he will face charges of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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