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Michigan safety suspended following arrest

Delonte Hollowell, Josh Furman, Thomas Gordon AP

Hinted at by defensive coordinator Greg Mattison last week, a member of the coach’s unit has officially albeit temporarily taken a forced sabbatical from the football program.

A UM spokesperson confirmed to the Detroit News Monday that safety Josh Furman (pictured, background) has been indefinitely suspended by the Wolverines.  Head coach Brady Hoke subsequently acknowledged in a statement that an off-field incident was behind the punitive measure.

“Josh was suspended indefinitely from team activities as soon as we became aware of the report,” Hoke said in a statement. “These are serious allegations. We will allow the judicial process to run its course before making a final determination on his status with the program.”

The serious allegations to which Hoke referred involve an arrest on Feb. 11 and resulted in charges of domestic violence, assault and breaking and entering, AnnArbor.com reported.  The lawyer retained by Furman told the website that his client “didn’t do anything” and that this whole situation is “much ado about nothing.”  According to the attorney, this is what led to the player’s arrest and charges:

Attorney Gerry Mason said the incident occurred when Furman, who was with two female cheerleaders at a campus apartment, started receiving “nasty” text messages from a man.

When Furman got up, “one [cheerleader] pulled a dreadlock right out of his head, because they thought he was going to somehow go looking for the third-party male, and pick a fight with him,” Mason said.

Furman then went back to his apartment voluntarily, but the police had already been called. He was arrested that night.

Mason said the case is a “misunderstanding,” and that the two women have asked for the charges against Furman to be dismissed. They prepared a statement to that effect and took it to the police, but were referred to the prosecutor’s office, then victim’s rights, which never got back to them.

Michigan will hold its annual spring game April 28.  It’s unclear if Furman will participate.

As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Furman played in 12 games, mainly on special teams.

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6 Responses to “Michigan safety suspended following arrest”
  1. allmyteamsareterrible says: Apr 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    what?

  2. takingbovadasmoney says: Apr 10, 2012 10:38 AM

    really?

  3. polegojim says: Apr 10, 2012 11:13 AM

    Michigan Message:

    Stay out of trouble, don’t go looking for trouble.

    When you get A-R-R-E-S-T-E-D, you violated at least ONE of the above. Trouble will find you.

    Keep your nose clean – it’s really NOT that hard.

  4. halo81 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:06 PM

    First of all, I am not a Michigan fan, however I do know Josh Furman very well and have known about this situation for some time now.

    I am going to make a long post about this. There are two bottom lines. One, Josh should not have been in the situation, but secondly — this is being blown up into something much larger than it is.

    Josh had been dating a girl on a steady basis for years. She ended the relationship which obviously hurt Josh’s feelings.

    Like a man, he stayed out of her life and was respectful of her. Josh Furman is a very good kid.

    The boy she then began another relationship with is a member of Michigan’s swim team. He and his friends thought it would be funny to pester Josh with a slew of disgusting and taunting text messages with sexual and violent tones.

    Josh ignored them for quite some time and asked that the person essentially “lose his number”.

    This persisted to the point of Josh being at a club one night and as he was literally having fun with his friends, the swimmer’s friend texted him telling him “he wanted to draw Josh into a fight to take his scholarship” and “that his friend was f**ing his b***h”.

    Again, Josh ignored this. It continued the entire night.

    We’re all human and Brady Hoke is human. Frankly, Josh let this go a heck of a lot longer than I would have.

    A female friend of Josh’s invited him to a house where she was at and the swimmer’s friend was there.

    He came outside running his mouth, Josh did nothing.

    Josh’s ex girlfriend then jumped on him and began grabbing at him to the point where she RIPPED HIS DREADLOCK out of his head. He brushed her aside simply to get her off of him.

    Her chest had a small bruise on it from her force against him holding her back while she wailed in a drunken stupor.

    Josh was arrested.

    Since then, the ex girlfriend has changed her story and admitted that Josh did nothing.

    The prosecuting attorney wants the case dismissed even. However, the District Attorney apparently has a bit of a vendetta against Michigan Football (I’m not a Michigan fan, I’ve been told this by various people) and will not let it slide.

    Brady Hoke will not hear Josh’s side of the story which to me is ridiculous.

    For the record — I am Caucasian. Had Josh been Caucasian, I doubt an arrest would have even been made. There is no statute in the State of Michigan for automatic arrest based on single witness testimony.

    He just happens to have dreads and tattoos, which he’s shaved off since the incident.

    This is a good kid.

    He shouldn’t have gone to the house. It was an idiotic decision.

    That said, this is ridiculous. Brady Hoke can say he needs “Michigan Men” all he wants, but you cannot simply overlook facts in the situation.

    The ex girlfriend has now purgered herself and the case should be dropped. Josh did nothing wrong by the law at this point and never did to begin with.

    I say this being a fan of Brady Hoke, what Michigan Football stands for (even though they’re not my team) and Josh Furman.

  5. phuckosu says: Apr 10, 2012 9:17 PM

    “Michigan will hold its annual spring game April 28.”
    ***CORRECTION: Michigan Spring Game is APRIL 14th at noon

  6. buckifan4life says: Apr 10, 2012 9:45 PM

    Who cares when your spring game is, it won’t matter. See ya in C-bus, baby!

    Go Bucks!

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