Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry (9) has been fully reinstated to the team after accepting a plea deal AP
ANN ARBOR — Michigan announced Friday that wide receiver Grant Perry was been fully reinstated to the football program.
Perry was recently sentenced to 12 months of probation and 60 hours of community service after accepting a plea deal relating to an October altercation with a female outside an East Lansing bar. He plead guilty to felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor assault and battery, and two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct were dropped.
If Perry complies with his probation, the charges will be wiped from his record under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.
“During this time, he has met every institutional expectation,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “Grant has served multiple team suspensions, missing two games during the 2016 season as well as the Orange Bowl against Florida State. He was suspended from all team activities in the Winter of 2017, including all of spring practice and the team’s trip to Rome. Grant was only recently allowed to participate in summer conditioning prior to the start of fall camp.
“We conducted an athletic department and institutional review following the conclusion of the legal process. Based on that review, we have determined that Grant is reinstated to full participation with the football team. In order to maintain his full participation with the team, and in addition to complying with the terms of his probation, Grant must continue to meet additional internal requirements from the university, athletic department and football program.”
Perry was accused of grabbing a 21-year-old female in her groin and buttocks. She gave an impassioned speech at his sentencing last week saying he should be found guilty of sexual assault. Perry apologized in his own statement.
When fall camp opened, Perry began practicing with the team.
Asked about his status Friday, Harbaugh said Perry was battling through a hip flexor and there wasn’t much rust in his game.
“I support Warde. It was his decision,” Harbaugh said. “It was never a good situation from the very beginning. It is good to have some resolution. It’s been investigated, prosecuted, and adjudicated in the court of law.
“We’ve already suspended him pretty severely, from games and time around the football team. We followed athletic department and university protocols the entire time through. No one ever did anything for Grant. He got himself into that trouble, and it was up to him to face it.”