Eastern Kentucky linebacker Michael Harris has been suspended from all team- and football-related activities after Harris body-slammed a police officer during an arrest in Grove City, Ohio on Monday morning, according to ESPN.
Video footage of the incident was released on Tuesday afternoon. Harris is seen resisting two officers before he grabs a male officer by the waist, lifts him in the air and slams him to the ground. Two other officers then proceed to try and restrain Harris before taking him into custody.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker is still in police custody as of Thursday afternoon. Harris has been arrested on four different charges including: resisting arrest, assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.
Watch this video: a @GroveCityPolice officer is lucky he wasn’t injured during an arrest. The 6’3” 245 pound suspect picked up and body-slammed the officer. The suspect has been charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. pic.twitter.com/2tk6nNT7iN
— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) February 11, 2020
Fortunately, no one involved in the arrest was hurt – including the police officer who was slammed to the ground.
Harris, a former 4-star recruit, started his collegiate career with the Auburn Tigers as a part of the 2018 recruiting class. After minimal playing time in 2019, Harris opted to transfer to Eastern Kentucky earlier this year.
Eastern Kentucky released the following statement regarding Harris’ arrest, via ESPN:
“Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is actively monitoring an incident involving one of our student-athletes, Mr. Michael Harris, that resulted in criminal charges against Mr. Harris. Mr. Harris is currently enrolled at EKU and listed as a redshirt sophomore on the EKU football roster. He has been suspended from all team and football-related activities at this time.”
EKU is gathering all the facts regarding the incident before taking further action at this time.