Zavier Simpson's one-game suspension stems from wrecking Michigan AD Warde Manuel's family car
The suspension that cost Zavier Simpson one game last week came after the senior guard wrecked a car that belongs to the wife of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, according to MLive.com.
Simpson also reportedly lied to police when he was asked if he was driving the car, which struck a utility pole in Ann Arbor last month. The guard also provided officers with a fake name, but he was later recognized as the Michigan point guard.
Simpson initially told officers his name was Jeff Jackson Simpson and that he was walking down South Forest Avenue when he noticed the crashed vehicle, Ann Arbor police said in the report acquired via Freedom of Information Act request.
When officers recognized him as the point guard for the Wolverines, they asked him why he lied about his name. Simpson told officers he didn’t want to be involved in the crash report.
Simpson said the car belonged to Evan Manuel, who is the son of Michigan’s AD. He is a student at the University of Michigan and a manager on the basketball team.
Simpson was the only one driving at the time of the accident and he was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions.
Last week, Simpson was handed a one-game suspension for a “violation of team policies.” He missed Michigan’s road game against Nebraska last Tuesday, before returning to the lineup over the weekend. It was the only game in his career as a Wolverine he’s missed.