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Michigan missed mark with reinstatement of Grant Perry

08/16/2017, 7:00am EDT
By By KYLE ROWLAND BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Receiver had been accused of series of serious crimes


Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry, left, was reinstated by the football program this preseason. ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh should be applauded for the tough stand he took on Grant Perry.

The wide receiver, who was accused of a series of serious crimes, including sexual assault, was suspended for months, missing several games and the team's trip to Rome. But the decision last week to reinstate Perry, which was made by athletic director Warde Manuel and endorsed by Harbaugh, missed the mark.

Perry was sentenced to 12 months probation and 60 hours of community service after taking a plea deal, agreeing to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and felony resisting arrest. Two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct charges were dropped.

On Friday, Harbaugh made a comment that the case had been adjudicated in the court of law. While true, it's another example of coaches hiding behind the law instead of simply doing what is right.

What a judge decides or how a case is resolved is irrelevant. Look no further than the Ezekiel Elliott case — or Ray Rice. The NFL made judgments — the correct ones, in my opinion — without the results of a court case influencing its decision.

The details of the Perry case are ugly, and the victim's impact statement alone should have warranted a different response from UM.

Contact Kyle Rowland at krowland@theblade.com, 419-724-6110 or on Twitter @KyleRowland.

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