MSU basketball player Brock Washington charged with assault

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Brock Washington

East Lansing – Michigan State basketball player Brock Washington has been charged with misdemeanor assault, according to a state police criminal history database.

Washington, 19, is a walk-on from Southfield who redshirted during the 2017-18 season. He was arrested and charged on March 8, records indicate. However, there is no public record in Ingham county related to his case.

When asked to comment, officials with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office said there was no public record on which to comment.

It leaves open the possibility Washington was sentenced under Michigan’s Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would allow him to avoid any lasting criminal record for the guilty plea if he meets certain requirements. It’s a program available to offenders age 17-24. It was under that act that former Michigan State football players Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance were sentenced earlier this week in their sexual assault cases.

Michigan State officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment or provide an update on Washington’s status with the team. Even as a redshirt, Washington was dressed for all of Michigan State’s 35 games this season.

In mid-February, ESPN reported that Washington was at the center of a sexual assault investigation. However, records indicate the misdemeanor charge against Washington was “excluding sexual” charges.

At that time, a request to the MSU Police by The Detroit News for any records pertaining to the investigation was denied.

Punishment for misdemeanor assault can include jail time of up to 93 days and/or a $500 fine.