June 17, 2017
ANN ARBOR — Earlier this month, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh allowed suspended wide receiver Grant Perry to begin working out with the football team again.
However, Perry’s return to the field for any actual football game will still be contingent on the resolution of his still open court case in Lansing.
Perry is facing two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, one felony count of resisting a police officer and one misdemeanor count of a minor in possession of alcohol from an incident on Oct. 15 in East Lansing.
He has maintained his innocence with regard to the sexual conduct charges and currently has a trial date scheduled for next month in Lansing.
“He won’t represent the team on the field in games until the case is finalized, until there’s closure,” Harbaugh said Saturday in Ann Arbor. “He’s always had the opportunity to get treatment, to get academic support, to be in the university as a functioning member of the university.
“The latest step was to allow him to train and workout with the team. To have an opportunity, if it comes this season, seems fair. So that was the decision that was made.”
According to a police report, Perry allegedly grabbed a 21-year-old woman by the groin and buttocks while in line at Lou & Harry’s Bar/Grill in East Lansing shortly after midnight on Oct. 15, during Michigan’s bye week. When officers responded, he failed to provide identification and police say he ran before being tackled and detained.
Following the incident, Perry, a Birmingham Brother Rice graduate, missed Michigan’s next two games during his sophomore season before returning for the final four regular season games. He was arraigned in 54B District Court in East Lansing on Dec. 22, suspended from all football-related activities and did not travel with the team for the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.
He was arraigned in 54B District Court in East Lansing on Dec. 22, suspended from all football-related activities and did not travel with the team for the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State. He also missed all of spring practice.