Michigan State Fans Get Rowdy After Football Team’s Big Ten Title Win
EAST LANSING, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Michigan State is going to the Rose Bowl after beating Ohio State 34-24, taking the Big Ten title. Unfortunately, after the game, hundreds of rowdy fans gathered and set at least 30 fires in East Lansing.
East Lansing police arrested multiple people Saturday night near River and Cedar streets, which is a traditional spot for MSU students to party after major sports victories. No. 10 MSU defeated No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 late Saturday, earning its first Rose Bowl appearance in a quarter-century.
Michigan State Alumni President Scott Westerman isn’t happy about that.
“Well, on my Facebook feed last night, I said that any Spartan who broke a law , burned a couch or messed with my MSU cops was hereby excommunicated. That’s not what Spartans do and anybody who does that is not one of us.”
“The people that do that aren’t , I don’t think , aren’t authentic fans. They don’t respect the history and the legacy of the great team & the great traditions when they do that and they diminish themselves. They don’t diminish the Spartan nation, they diminish themselves.”
Westerman says the response was gratifying because he got “a ton” of likes and retweets.
Lt. Mike Shaw with the Michigan State Police says they were contacted by local authorities for assistance at about 1:30 a.m.
“We deployed troopers from both the Lansing and the Jackson posts to … assist the East Lansing police department to get that under control. We didn’t have any injuries reported to us and we don’t believe that we had any arrests, our troopers were out there for viability,” said Shaw.
“We’re just hopeful that next time the Rose Bowl comes around … it’s okay to have a good time and celebrate but once you start endangering the public – that’s when we get concerned.”
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