Michigan lineman Mazi Smith facing concealed weapon charge
Michigan defensive lineman Mazi Smith has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan standout defensive lineman Mazi Smith has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, nearly two months after a traffic stop.
The felony charge was filed Wednesday in an Ann Arbor court. Smith, a 21-year-old senior and team co-captain from Grand Rapids, Michigan, had four tackles and one assist against Indiana on Oct. 8, the day after the alleged incident.
No. 2 Michigan, which is expected to make the four-team College Football Playoff field for a second straight year, i s playing Purdue in Indianapolis on Saturday for the Big Ten championship.
Smith will continue to participate with the team, athletic director Warde Manuel said Thursday.
“Mazi was honest, forthcoming and cooperative from the very beginning and is a tremendous young man. He is not and never has been considered a threat to the university or community,” Manuel said.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said he's confident that a “fair and just resolution is forthcoming.”
“Mazi’s character and the trust that he has earned over the past four years will continue to be considered throughout the process,” Harbaugh said.
A message seeking comment from Smith's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
The 6-foot-3, 337-pound Smith had a tackle and three assists in last weekend's 45-23 victory over Ohio State. He has started in all 26 games for the Wolverines over the past two seasons.
The same prosecutor's office struck a deal with Eastern Michigan basketball star Emoni Bates who was similarly charged in September with carrying a concealed weapon in a car. Bates settled the matter with a misdemeanor. He said it was not his car or gun.
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