EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes, two linebackers for Michigan State University football, have been suspended from the team indefinitely.
An MSU spokesperson confirmed the suspensions with WLNS Monday afternoon, writing in a statement that the players “were suspended immediately from all team activities” and that they “remain suspended indefinitely.”
According to court records, Fulton was arrested by the East Lansing Police Department on Sept. 8, 2020, originally charged with aggravated assault. Willekes was charged with aggravated assault, assault and battery, and drunk and disorderly conduct. MSU’s spokesperson could not confirm if the suspension was in connection with the arrests, but the players have not practiced with the team since the Big Ten restarted the season on Sept. 16.
In a weekly report released by ELPD, the incident included burglary and forced entry into 301 Charles St. That address is the location of MSU’s Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) Fraternity house.
6 News reached out to the fraternity’s chapter president, but did not hear back.
Fulton’s attorney, Mike Nichols said the player was able to plead to a lesser charge of simple assault and is pursuing the ‘Holmes Youthful Trainee Act’ status, which would drop his charges from public record after he’s served his probation.
“Those of us who’ve lived in this community for you know, three decades or more, we’ve seen kids do stupid things a lot. It’s nothing that really causes me concern you know, that there’s any threat to the community out there, that somebody’s getting special treatment. I’m not concerned in the least,” Nichols said.
Fulton’s sentencing has been set for Oct. 28. Until then, Nichols said he’s still attending classes at MSU.
“Luke Fulton is a really great kid who’s now seen his anxiety levels spike up by a factor of ten. He’s dealing with it. He gets it that there is a level of scrutiny when you are in a high profile activity for the university, but you know, we’ll get through it,” Nichols said.