Michigan wide receiver Csont’e York was suspended indefinitely earlier this month for failing to meet team standards. One of the Wolverines’ standards is apparently not delivering vicious sucker punches in bars.
Ann Arbor police released this harrowing video of a July 18 incident which they say shows York throwing a violent haymaker.
The victim appears to have not known the punch was coming. It 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.
What led up to this bit of brutality? Just your typical barroom bump.
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 will be charged on Aug. 22 with a count of aggravated assault and two assault and battery counts.
One can’t imagine he’ll be returning to the football team anytime soon.