One of the keys to Michigan's 2012 season was going to be a retooled defensive line, and the man in the middle, Will Campbell, was set to be the defense's leader.
At an arraignment on Thursday, however, Campbell was charged with two vandalism charges—one a felony—and now, his future with the Wolverines is suddenly in peril, according to Kyle Feldscher of AnnArbor.com. And wait until you find out why.
Here's more from AnnArbor.com:
Records show Campbell was arraigned Thursday by a Washtenaw County magistrate on the felony charge — malicious destruction of property worth more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 — and misdemeanor charge — malicious destruction of property worth more than $200 but less than $1,000. He was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Now, you hear "felony vandalism" and "malicious destruction of property," and you can't help but think that Campbell had decided to, I dunno, throw a garbage can through someone's window, go on a tire-slashing spree or do something else wantonly cruel.
And then you read the actual nature of the incident, and uh...well, just read:
According to Ann Arbor police, Campbell was arrested after attempting to slide across the hood of a vehicle at 2 a.m. on April 7 in the 600 block of Church Street. An officer in the area could hear the sheet metal on the hood of the car buckle under Campbell’s weight — he’s listed at 322 pounds — and arrested the senior, police stated.
Campbell was intoxicated, according to police.
That's right, he was trying a hood slide.
We are not lawyers here (clearly), but the odds that Campbell's felony charge sticks are somewhere between "nope" and "NOOOOOOOPE."
Crushing the car's hood (or bending it however much that he did) was a moronic thing to do, but even if the police's version of the story corroborates the fact that it was an accident, a felony charge like "malicious destruction of property" isn't exactly about to stick.
Campbell will probably catch a light suspension for this and might get back on Brady Hoke's bad side—and that doesn't bode extremely well for his prospects as a potential captain—but if that's the worst thing Campbell does in his life, he'll be doing pretty well.