Police: Green struck MSU football player Edmondson
East Lansing – Former Michigan State star basketball player Draymond Green was arrested for assault on Sunday for allegedly striking a current Michigan State football player, according to the arrest report from the East Lansing Police Department.
The Detroit News obtained the documents under a Freedom of Information request and it stated the victim was Jermaine Edmondson, a fifth-year senior defensive back for the Spartans.
Green was arrested around 2:28 a.m. Sunday as most of the bars in downtown East Lansing were closing. It was then that officers witnessed Green strike Edmondson. He was handcuffed and searched before being taken to the East Lansing jail, where he was later released on $200 bond.
According to statements made by Edmondson to police, the two first had an altercation on Friday, July 8, inside of Rick’s American Cafe. Green bumped into Edmondson and words were exchanged before Edmondson said he was choked by two men with Green before employees led Edmondson away to calm the situation. Edmondson claims his girlfriend, Bianca Williams, was then also choked. Neither Edmondson nor Williams could describe to police the men that they say choked them.
Edmondson then states that on Saturday, July 9, he and his girlfriend were back at Rick’s to celebrate his birthday. Around closing time, they exited and went to Conrad’s Grill on the same block as Rick’s. Green was also at Conrad’s and Edmondson stated he later saw Green speaking to his roommate. Edmondson then approached Green and as the two began to talk, Edmondson said Green struck him in the jaw.
“I was standing on the west side of Abbot next to the old MSUFCU watching Conrad’s as the bars were closing for the night,” officer Shelby Humphries wrote in the report. “All of a sudden myself and officer (Jeff) Horn heard a loud slap sound. I could immediately see the crowd disperse into two sides as Green went one way and Edmondson went the other way.”
In his statement, Edmondson said he intends to press charges and cooperate fully with the East Lansing Police Department.
After Green was detained, the report said he stated he was sorry for the incident and wanted to speak with Edmondson to make things right. Green was taken to the city jail and given a breathalyzer test that resulted in a blood alcohol content of .10. He posted bond then was held until sober, the report said.
“I think when things happen, I think you meet them head-on,” Green told reporters Tuesday in Aspen, Colorado. “My legal team is handling it. It will be resolved really quickly. As a public figure, I just can’t put myself in certain situations. It’s something that I’ll learn from and just move on.”
Edmondson, from Canton, Ohio, has appeared in 38 games at MSU. Last year he had 24 tackles (2.5 for loss) and three passes defensed.
Green, now with the Golden State Warriors, is scheduled to be in Las Vegas July 18-22 for a pre-Olympic camp with the U.S. national basketball team.
Green’s arraignment in 54B District Court in East Lansing had been scheduled for July 20, but Green’s appearance was waived.