WMU football players kicked off team, face criminal charges

Detroit News staff and wires

Kalamazoo — A prosecutor says two Western Michigan football players accused of pushing their way into a woman’s apartment and robbing her will be arraigned Monday on three criminal charges.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says his office has authorized charges of armed robbery, first-degree home invasion and larceny in a building against linebacker Ron George and wide receiver Bryson White. Getting says if convicted on all the charges, they could face life in prison. The two remain in custody pending their arraignment.

The two men are accused of pushing their way into an apartment about 9 p.m. Friday and robbing a woman using a gun and knife.

George is from Pittsburgh and White is from Mason, Ohio. Getting says he doesn’t know if either has hired an attorney.

Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck dismissed both players from the team on Sunday.

The team opens its season Saturday at Northwestern.

“This has been a difficult time for our university, community and family,” Fleck said. “With this action we are moving forward and we are focusing our attention on Northwestern.”