To say that the Michigan State football program has had it’s ups and downs this week would be an understatement. On Saturday night (almost Sunday) the Spartans won a dramatic overtime game against rival Notre Dame with a fake field goal. Within hours of that victory though, coach Mark Dantonio was in the hospital suffering from a mild heart attack. He’s expected to recover . . . as long as he doesn’t read the papers this morning.
Word from the City of Detroit today that one of MSU’s football players, tight end Dion Simms, is accused of being part of a burglary ring that stole and then sold nearly $160,000 worth of laptops from the already struggling Detroit Public School System. That’s right: they were allegedly stealing electronic candy from babies. That’s low.
And, if that wasn’t enough, at the same time, Sims father, who works at the University of Michigan, is also accused of stealing computers from that school. (Sims’ father faces similar charges at U-M.) What the hell is going on in Michigan? Doesn’t anyone pay retail for their computers anymore, or is the only way to go these days on the black market, taking devices intended to educate the future Spartans and Wolverines of the state?
Somebody better get Coach Dantonio a new IV drip with something strong in it. It’s gonna be a long season.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Detroit Public Schools officials today announced felony charges against a Michigan State University football player and nine others allegedly involved in a crime ring that stole and sold more than $158,000 in laptop computers last school year.
Dion Sims, 19, a player for the Spartans, is accused of receiving and concealing stolen property, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Sims has been suspended from the team. Nicholas Tisdale, 18, of West Bloomfield, an MSU sophomore, is accused of receiving and concealing stolen property.
Internal tracking devices led officials to stolen DPS computers in seven other states, Canada and the United Arab Emirates, according to the investigation that involved several law enforcement agencies.
The ring was involved in the theft of about 104 DPS laptops that were stolen last school year and sold on eBay, Craigslist and to friends. Worthy said the crime ring deprived students of access to technology.