Michigan's Zavier Simpson Was Suspended for Crashing AD's Family Car

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 7, 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 01: Zavier Simpson #3 of the Michigan Wolverines dribbles the ball as Caleb McConnell #22 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden on February 01, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Michigan guard Zavier Simpson's one-game suspension in January was the result of crashing a car that belonged to Chrislan Manuel, the wife of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel.

Samuel Dodge of MLive.com acquired the police report via the Freedom of Information Act and provided more information on the incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday, January 26, in Ann Arbor, Michigan:

"The report also shows that the University of Michigan basketball star lied to officers about his name and whether he was driving when the vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Ann Arbor hours after Michigan’s loss to Illinois last month, according to the police report.

"Officers found the senior point guard outside the vehicle that made contact with a pole and street sign on the corner of Hill Street and South Forest Avenue at 3:03 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, according to the report.

"Simpson initially told officers his name was Jeff Jackson Simpson and that he was walking down South Forest Avenue when he noticed the crashed vehicle, Ann Arbor police said."

Officers recognized Simpson as the team's point guard, however. He was given a traffic citation for "driving too fast for conditions," per Dodge.

Simpson, a senior, sat for his team's 79-68 win over Nebraska on January 28. He returned for Michigan's win against Rutgers four days later.

Simpson is averaging 12.7 points and 8.2 assists for the 13-9 Wolverines, who are 4-7 in Big Ten play.

The team captain was reinstated after one game following a decision by Manuel and head coach Juwan Howard, who noted that the situation would be handled in-house:

Simpson provided a statement and said he accepted "full responsibility" for his actions and apologized to his team and others.

Michigan's next game will be home against rival Michigan State on Saturday at noon ET.

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