Michigan State DL facing assault charge for allegedly spitting in officer's face
Another Michigan State player is reportedly in trouble with the law.
According to a report from the Detroit News, Michigan State defensive lineman Demetrius Cooper was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after spitting in the face of an East Lansing PACE officer. Cooper pled not guilty to the charges.
The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 30, when Cooper saw his Chevrolet Impala being ticketed outside of an East Lansing Noodles and Co. Cooper’s vehicle was reportedly parked illegally for impeding traffic.
When he saw he was being ticketed, Cooper then left the restaurant and there was a confrontation with the officer.
The officer said in the report that Cooper would be issued another citation if the car remained parked there. According to the report, the officer said Cooper told him that he was going to spit in his face and that he would do it “right now.” That was allegedly followed by him spitting in the officer’s face.
Cooper admitted to having made the threat of spitting at the officer, but said in the police report that he never he actually did.
According to the Detroit News, The MSU defensive lineman had a warrant issued for his arrest on Nov. 30, and he posted the $500 bond.
Cooper was set to have a pretrial hearing this week. It’s unknown if he’ll face any further punishment from the program.
He started in 11 of MSU’s 12 games last season and recorded 23 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. The fifth-year senior-to-be has 55 career tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
On Thursday, MSU announced that three football players and a staffer were suspended for their roles in an ongoing sexual assault investigation.