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Prosecutor: Mich. St. commit told to remove hood prior to confrontation with security guard

Jayru Campbell

One of the biggest questions when it comes to the highly-publicized confrontation between Michigan State commitment Jayru Campbell and a Detroit Cass Tech High School security guard is why.  Just why did the highly-rated 2015 quarterback prospect, as was shown on multiple videos shot from cell phones and posted to the Internet, body slam the security officer, leading to an arrest and some rather serious charges?

Wayne County (Mich.) Prosecutor Kym Worthy had a simple answer to one version of why: Campbell was asked to remove a hood from his head on multiple occasions, with the situation escalating exponentially from there.  From the Detroit Free Press:

The officer asked Campbell to remove his hood several times while he was inside the school, and when he refused, the officer told him to report to the office, prosecutors said.

Campbell is accused of becoming profane, picking up the officer and slamming him to the ground, according the prosecutor’s office.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Worthy announced that Campbell has been charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and aggravated assault.  The former is a felony, the latter a misdemeanor.  The 23-year-old security guard involved in the in-school incident, Worthy said, suffered a “facial injury and an open wound to the head.”

The 17-year-old Campbell will be tried as an adult and arraigned on the charges later today.

The Free Press writes that “[t]he felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000, and the misdemeanor count is punishable by up to one year behind bars and a fine up to $1,000.”

“The fact that the defendant is a talented high school football player does not change the facts of this case,” the prosecutor said. “It doesn’t matter who you are. What you do. How fast you can run. How far you can throw a football. The law applies to everyone.” has given a four-star rating to Campbell, ranking him as the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2015.  He also holds offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, although the recruiting website refers to him as a “solid verbal” to the Spartans.

Campbell gave a non-binding verbal commitment to the Spartans in early August of last year.

What will happen to that commitment, given the serious legal road Campbell must still traverse, remains to be seen, although the Free Press did note the following:

Incoming MSU students who are convicted of a crime can still gain admission, according to university policy, even in the case of a felony conviction. An admissions review team deals with such situations on a case-by-case basis, MSU spokesman Jason Cody said.

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53 Responses to “Prosecutor: Mich. St. commit told to remove hood prior to confrontation with security guard”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 12, 2014 10:33 AM

    I can see anger management mandatory classes for somebody in the future. Maybe after he serves some time at that. That young man needs to learn how to play better with others.

  2. mydixienormus says: Feb 12, 2014 10:34 AM

    At first glance it appears this young man might have an anger management issue.

    I am also wondering what size helmet is required to contain all that hair?

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 12, 2014 10:39 AM

    I agree that anger management therapy is needed for this kid, but if this is true, he needs to go to jail for a little bit. 10 years though is ridiculously harsh. But prison time has to doled out here.

  4. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 12, 2014 10:41 AM

    You tell me to remove my hood.

    I body slam you.

    Your fault.

  5. udub says: Feb 12, 2014 10:58 AM

    So there is an admissions review team that reviews incoming students with criminal convictions on a case by case basis.

    Case by case basis means football and basketball players with criminal convictions are let in regular students with criminal convictions are not.

  6. thraiderskin says: Feb 12, 2014 11:05 AM

    The fact this is the second violent outburst from this kid and Michigan State MIGHT still bring this kid in, is a joke.

  7. elwaysagenius says: Feb 12, 2014 11:25 AM

    Why does a HS have a security guard? Could’ve used one of those at my old school.

  8. irish1958 says: Feb 12, 2014 11:34 AM

    ? Roid Rage?
    Are high school athletes tested in Michigan? And, if so, how often?

  9. mydixienormus says: Feb 12, 2014 11:42 AM


    This dude is 6’3″ and 190 lbs. If he is using roids, they aren’t working.

  10. lbroberts123 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:06 PM

    It’s nice to finally see talented players not getting special treatment just because they can play a sport.

  11. eagles512 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:21 PM

    What a total punk

  12. friarjack61 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:25 PM

    Anger management ? That is BS ! This kid will never get a BS in any field, because, he is the type of jock, who will only go to a campus so he can become a pro: and, getting a degree means nothing, only playing football. This kid in self-absorbed within his mucho image, of being a bad-ass from the ghetto !
    Brains ? He’ll never make it outside Detroit…too interested in his own persona !

    Anyone trying to recruit him, should check into the character of his friends ! That could expose his past and future behavior, and define the whereabouts his questioned character was created. All schools, should want to know what kind of friends their recruits have……as it was years ago, when parents, wanted their children to bring their friends to the house, so they could make a decision, if they wanted these people to be associated with their children…….’friends’, will influence, with both the good and bad .
    This guy is a jerk. Leave him in jail.

  13. animal47 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:41 PM

    Im probably in the minority here, but the question does need to be asked as to why he told the player to remove his hood..

  14. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    @animal47 …

    Yes, we’re in the minority. Maybe if we put it in different terms, others could understand:

    Imagine you were wandering around the Bass Pro shop and a security guard kept following you around and demanding for no reason that you remove your ball cap.

    I’m not defending the kid for body-slamming the security guard. But what right does a 23-year-old security guard have to repeatedly demand that a high school student remove his jacket hood???? Is that a school rule? No kids can wear their jacket hoods while indoors? If so, what’s the purpose of the rule? Is wearing a jacket hood a danger to that child or others?

    It sounds as though the 23-year-old was playing Big Man on Campus and harassing the 17-year-old just because he could. Should the kid be required to take anger management? Yes. Should he go to prison for getting a jerk out of his face? I doubt it.

  15. woebegong says: Feb 12, 2014 12:57 PM

    My guess is that it was a regulation that the school had, not the security guard. The kid has problems. I saw an earlier film where he tried to start and fight going down the hand shake line after his team lost to another team. Maybe that kid said something smart assed to him, but a bigger man, a more mature man, or even kid in this case, doesn’t try and start a fight, and have to be tackled by his own coaches to prevent him from making a complete fool of himself.

  16. spreadthecheese says: Feb 12, 2014 1:09 PM

    @ Deb:

    Most schools have policies against hooded sweatshirts.

    Maybe the security provoked him, maybe he didn’t. Either way, Jayru’s response to what happened is so beyond what is reasonable that it won’t much matter.

  17. mauldawg says: Feb 12, 2014 1:14 PM

    Deb, You just don’t have a clue. You cant be over the age of 15. You sound like a child yourself.

  18. John Taylor says: Feb 12, 2014 1:35 PM

    @Deb, animal47: I reached out to Cass Tech this morning and received a response a short time ago. “No headgear/head covering — including baseball caps, bandanas, hoods on sweatshirts, etc. — is permitted to be worn inside the school, unless it’s for religious purposes.”

    Y’all do with that what you will.

  19. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    Thanks, JT … that settles it.

    No, mauldawg, I’m old enough to have attended school in a time when schools were focused on EDUCATING rather than whether or not I zipped up my jacket and pulled my hood over my head. We didn’t have security guards at my high school, but it boggles my mind to imagine that one would have cared whether I had on a hoodie. So, yeah, to me the idea of a security guard following me around telling me to take off my hoodie seems like harassment.

    You’ll have to excuse me, but I’ve lived several years in a foreign country where soldiers routinely went around and harassed citizens by demanding they stop and open their groceries, their purses, their baby’s diapers for inspection just because the soldiers could do that and enjoyed lording their power over people who had none. I’m a little sensitive when it comes to stormtroopers.

    Again … I’m sure all that’s over the head of a guy who automatically assumes any black kid should be thrown in jail without waiting to hear the circumstances. But as I’ve said all along, if the circumstances prove the kid is in the wrong, then the kid deserves whatever punishment the law provides.

  20. steeler1nation says: Feb 12, 2014 1:57 PM

    DEB = Typical demotard

  21. steeler1nation says: Feb 12, 2014 2:04 PM

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.
    Thanks for proving this again, Debbie.
    You lefties are obsessed with race.
    Jayru is a no-good THUG, deal with it!

  22. steeler1nation says: Feb 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    According to our friend Deb, we just need to “educate” more. Yep, that’s the ticket…just throw billions more of your hard-earned tax dollars into education. Because it’s worked sooo well the past 5 decades. The problem is blacks being born out of wedlock with deadbeat dads, about 80% in urban areas. Sad, but true.

  23. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    @steeler1nation …

    The people I lived with overseas who were being abused by those soldiers … were white. I’m obsessed with fairness. That’s why it’s important to me to wait until some facts are known before declaring someone is a thug who should go to prison. The people obsessed with race are the ones who don’t care about the facts but can decide guilt or innocence simply by looking at a kid’s face.

    Your slobbering rant is an embarrassment to Steeler fans. Let me guess … you hate Tomlin, too.

  24. steeler1nation says: Feb 12, 2014 2:13 PM

    John Taylor is the best writer on the net, dude’s severely underrated. Kudos to JT for posting another great story. He is the reason I visit this site.

  25. steeler1nation says: Feb 12, 2014 2:14 PM

    Deb hates the military too, just like a good little lib.

  26. steeler1nation says: Feb 12, 2014 2:17 PM

    Hahaha typical race-obsessed lib. Thinking I hate Tomlin because he’s black? I actually like Tomlin, you moron.

    Deb is the type that would call anybody who didn’t vote for Barry H. Obama”racist”. Guaranteed.

  27. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 2:18 PM

    steeler1nation, I haven’t posted anything about the United States military, which I love as much as any American. Apparently you’re not having a complete mental breakdown and can’t stop posting obsessively about me. Perhaps you should call 911.

  28. mauldawg says: Feb 12, 2014 2:22 PM

    Deb, You have never been out of the USA. That would be my bet. Your just some left wing nut job. Always blaming the people doing the job thy were hired to do. he thugs are always right. You need to grow up. The first time you really leave the USA,do us a favor,dont come back. We have way to many cry babies like you as it is.

  29. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 2:28 PM

    mauldawg …

    I’ve been posting on here for years, and long ago–when discussing another issue–wrote about living four years with guerilla soldiers in a war zone overseas. That’s where I was sexually assaulted, something I wrote about during the discussion about Jameis Winston. I’m a writer and have had a variety of life experience, including three cancer battles. I’ve been blessed to learn many lessons from all kinds of people. But the only thing I could learn from small-minded, ignorant fools like you is not to throw pearls before swine.

  30. mrtreyseven says: Feb 12, 2014 3:04 PM

    Blacks being born out of wedlock amazing thats the problem…..@steeler1nation wtf comment is that not all blacks are born out of wedlock, i think u been watching a little too much Fox News my friend with that racist comment yes it was racist. You try to justify by saying if we dont believe with u we are democrats or lefties no its morality, and morally u are a racist. you. dont even no the dude personally but because he black he was born out of wedlock. Since you said that would it be wrong to say we wouldnt have so many mass killings in schools or movies if it wasnt for white kids growing up in 2 parent homes…..STEREOTYPES ARE GREATS WAYS TO KEEP AN IGNORANT PERSON EVEN MORE IGNORANT…..stop hiding racism behind politics say what u have to say i can care less if u like my skin color or what have you

  31. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Feb 12, 2014 3:16 PM

    @ “mrtreyseven”:
    actually, what “steelers1nation” said is right on the money, maybe even more. He said urban blacks are 80% born out of wedlock.
    Well, we know that overall, a staggering 73% ! of blacks are born out of wedlock today. So, we can only figure that the number is AT LEAST 80%!
    Yes, the black community NEEDS to step up!
    Obama, Sharpton, Jackson — quit making excuses and get to the truth: WHERE ARE THE BLACK FATHERS!??!!!
    Bill Cosby was right!

  32. teedraper says: Feb 12, 2014 3:26 PM

    Charged as an adult? U crackers live grand standing on the minorities of this country. Now the prosecutor is having a press conference trying to make a name for himself off of a kid.

    Kid should’ve been suspended from school for 10 days & that’s it.

  33. teedraper says: Feb 12, 2014 3:30 PM

    The worst part is the responsible adults commenting who were never remotely good at football & are deeply jealous of players that are able to play division 1 & love nothing more for these young men to be ruined.

  34. teedraper says: Feb 12, 2014 3:32 PM

    The cracker community needs to step up

    Y’all still getting divorced at alarming rates, still child molesting, still mass murdering

    Louis Farrakhan was right!

  35. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 12, 2014 3:32 PM

    I see Deb post on CFBT a lot, she’s…..uh……how do I put this diplomatically…..oh hell, I really can’t.
    Anyway, if you read any of her posts, you know what I mean, she just doesn’t have a lot going on up there.

    Also, you ever notice how people like her always bring up life experiences to validate their argument, as though it somehow undermines your own?


    “I’ve been posting on here for years, and long ago–when discussing another issue–wrote about living four years with guerilla soldiers in a war zone overseas. That’s where I was sexually assaulted, something I wrote about during the discussion about Jameis Winston. I’m a writer and have had a variety of life experience, including three cancer battles”

    I was in the peace corps, I interviewed Marlon Perkins, I tracked down bigfoot, I was deducted by aliens. I mean please, just save it.

  36. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    ohiostate777buckeyes …

    steelers1nation isn’t right because this has nothing to do with the black community. This is about one young man’s behavior. My argument was that you can’t condemn this young man and say he belongs in prison without knowing the facts of the case. I never said he didn’t belong in prison–only that the decision belongs to a jury who’s heard all the evidence.

    Race entered the discussion because people were making nasty comments about Obama, “thugs,” etc.–none of which has anything to do with this situation. The only thing that matters in this situation is why the kid attacked the guard.

    I’ve was then informed the kid may have attacked the guard for pressuring him to remove his hoodie. That seemed weird to me because we didn’t have those kinds of rules when I was in school. One of my classmates wore scuba goggles and breathing gear all day and no one demanded he remove it. Now I’ve been informed that removing the hoodie is a school rule–so I stand corrected.

    But still … none of this has anything to do with this young man’s skin color, how many black kids are born out of wedlock, Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, or Bill Cosby. If I punch someone in the nose, that’s on ME, not every white person in America.

  37. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    OK… this board is getting a bit out of hand….

  38. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Feb 12, 2014 3:37 PM

    @ teed:
    the only person ruining Jayru Campbell’s life is the undisciplined thug Jayru Campbell.
    Make all the excuses you want, and blame “whitey” all you want, but you know it’s true, you low-life.

  39. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 12, 2014 3:40 PM

    derekgorgonstar says:
    Feb 12, 2014 3:32 PM

    Anyway, if you read any of her posts, you know what I mean, she just doesn’t have a lot going on up there.

    Says the guy who posts “SEC SEC SEC SEC” on every post about an SEC player or recruit in trouble…..


    Where’s your “B1G” chant for this article???

    And in Deb’s defense…. it seems to me she only posted her life experiences because @Mauldawg questioned her life experience…. I would have done the same thing.

  40. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 3:43 PM

    derekgorgonstar …

    Let me try to connect the dots for the simple-minded:

    The discussion was about a security guard who appeared to abusing his authority in harassing a kid. As an example, I referenced soldiers I’d witnessed abusing their authority in harassing citizens.

    During the discussion of the rape accusation against Jameis Winston (and other players), I’ve mentioned my rape experience to explain my concern about how false rape accusations make it more difficult for real victims to have their stories heard.

    On posts about players dealing with cancer diagnoses, I’ve expressed empathy as a three-time cancer survivor myself.

    These are called frames of reference. Everyone has them. Everyone uses them. The fact that yours are different from mine doesn’t mean mine aren’t relevant to the conversation. I’m sorry you and mauldawg are too immature to grasp that someone might have had life experiences different from your own. Oh well …

  41. John Taylor says: Feb 12, 2014 3:43 PM

    80to80 is correct, this is getting out of hand. Stop it with the race stuff or we’ll shut down the comments for this post.

    Thanks in advance.


  42. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 12, 2014 4:07 PM

    Hey, I got recognized! Cool!


  43. thraiderskin says: Feb 12, 2014 4:28 PM

    Man did this get stupid… as stated before, remove your hood, if you think the security guard is in the wrong go to your guardian, body slamming is not an option. People should be rediculing all the schools with offers on the table for this kid, two of which are in the B1G.

  44. Shoe says: Feb 12, 2014 6:33 PM

    God, I really hate the comments here sometimes.

  45. onbucky96 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:31 PM

    Dude, check out dat fro! Keep the hood on.

  46. hor2012 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:50 PM


    Yea, just guessing here but I bet you think Travon Martin had it coming to

  47. gatorcheme says: Feb 12, 2014 9:46 PM

    WOW! The things people write behind the brand of anonymity.

    Wasn’t there another thread recently here about a recruiting prospect being vilified in social media for choosing Alabama over Auburn. I mean, WTF.

    And what’s with all the ‘Deb-hate’. Seriously, don’t some of you at least possess the minimum faculties to conduct reasonable discourse with someone who has differing views.

    Let me help some of you children with an example:

    @Deb: You know, I don’t think the guard was at all unreasonable. We didn’t have guards at my high school. But our school charter did have a dress code, which included not wearing hats indoors. Guys, who forgot to take of their hats, went to ‘the office’. Even so, if Jayru thought he was being singled out or harassed, he should have chosen file a complaint with the school administration rather than go pro-wrestling on the guy.

  48. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 10:12 PM

    @gatorcheme …

    Great post! And you’re right–it wouldn’t have been unreasonable for the guard to simply insist he pull off his hoodie in accordance with school rules. We’re just now learning that may have been what provoked the altercation–and (thanks to our lovely host JT, aka “Daddy”) that the dress code prohibits wearing the hoodie. If he did go WWE on the guard just for enforcing the dress code … young Jayru does indeed have some serious anger-management issues.

  49. friarjack61 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:20 AM

    One who starts the fight, IS the looser !

  50. dhardy8207 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:41 AM

    He was asked to remove his hoodie. Someone of authority told him to remove the hoodie repeatedly and DEFIED authority by not doing so.

    If you go into a resturant and have no shirt on, most refuse to service you. If you go into a bank or court house and are wearing head gear including ball cap, hoodie, kango, sun glasses, skull cap, etc., they refuse to give you service and DEMAND you remove it. Many public establishments will not help you if you are talking on your cell phone.

    Point is, there are rules everywhere and ALL customers, citizens, members are expected to honor and abide by them. This young man needs to understand that just because he’s being scouted heavily for his talents, he is held to the same rules as everyone else.

  51. keltictim says: Feb 13, 2014 11:58 AM

    The whole rule about hoods, hats, bandannas etc has to do with gangs. There are very good reasons for the rule. Heck here in South Carolina, deep in the heart of redneck country, camo has been banned at schools as well as the state fair due to it being co-opted by gangs. Ridiculous. Also on a side note to some earlier comments, regardless of what Richard Sherman, and some other fools think, the word thug does not have any racial connotations at all. Period. A thug is a thug regardless of skin tone.

  52. friarjack61 says: Feb 13, 2014 1:08 PM


    YOU, hit the nail on the head ! Thugs, and punks, are found in all races, as are jerks.

  53. basebuck says: Feb 13, 2014 7:30 PM

    Can’t we all agree that this is not acceptable behavior? There was nothing apparently said or done by the security guard to warrant this behavior. This young man has issues!

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