Frey’s father blasts refs, not Michigan State trainers

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Chris Frey chases down Jake Butt during Saturday's game.

The father of Michigan State linebacker Chris Frey on Monday pointed blame at Big Ten officials rather than the school's training staff following a hard helmet-to-helmet hit in Saturday's game against Michigan.

"Instead of asking questions about our MSU Training Staff. Why don't you start asking the B1G about a targeting review that they skipped," Chris Frey Sr. wrote on Twitter shortly after noon on Monday.

Frey, a junior from Upper Arlington, Ohio, was hit hard by Michigan's Devin Bush in the second quarter of the Wolverines' 32-23 victory at Spartan Stadium on Saturday.

He lay on the turf for a bit, before being helped off the field. Frey was back in the game a short while later.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Sunday night that Frey was not diagnosed with a concussion, but could only assume that Frey went through the concussion protocol on the sidelines.

“Yes, I assume that he did because we have Dr. (David) Kaufman on the sidelines to do just that,” Dantonio said. “He was never diagnosed with a possible concussion or anything like that.

"But yeah, he took a shot, there’s no question about that.”

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Chris Nowinski, CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, brought the issue to light on Twitter on Saturday, calling it "SHAMEFUL" that Frey returned to the game so quickly after a "brutal H2H hit."

Frey chimed in on Twitter on Monday, as well.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," he wrote. "I'm still standing. I'm going nowhere."