EKU LB Michael Harris, former Auburn player, suspended after body slamming police officer
Eastern Kentucky linebacker Michael Harris has been suspended from all team activities following his arrest. Harris was arrested on 4 different charges after body slamming a police officer Monday in Grove City, Ohio, per ESPN.
Harris played in 11 games and made 3 tackles in 2019 with Auburn before electing to transfer. He left the team in early December. Harris was caught on video hoisting a police officer over his head before throwing him to the ground. Fortunately, nobody was hurt during the incident, but things could have turned out a whole lot worse.
The 4 charges were for assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, per the report.
Following the incident, EKU released a statement announcing Harris’ suspension.
“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.
“Understanding that details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students. When the facts are established, and the investigation complete, Eastern Kentucky University and EKU Athletics will decide how to move forward responsibly.”
Police were originally called on Harris because an employee at a local business said he was in their building and wouldn’t leave. He was acting aggressive and agitated. Later, officers tried to keep Harris from getting back in his car, and that’s when he lifted the police officer up and threw him down.
Drugs and a digital scale were found in Harris’ car, per the report.