EKU football player accused of body-slamming OH police officer


Eastern Kentucky University confirmed that Harris is a redshirt sophomore for their football program.

After regaining control of the 19-year old Harris, officers reportedly took him to a hospital where he "remained aggressive" until he was sedated by the staff. Harris was ultimately booked on a felony charge of assault, in addition to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing officials business.

Michael Harris is accused of body-slamming a Grove City Police Officer during an arrest. He has been suspended from all team and football-related activities at this time.

The school released a statement saying, "Understanding the details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students".

Eastern Kentucky has not commented on the arrest.

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Harris recently transferred to Eastern Kentucky, after starting his college career at Auburn. He recorded three tackles and had one forced fumble and fumble recovery. As a Grove City police cruiser pulls up, the dashcam video shows Harris and another officer talking to each other, Fox News reported.

When officers arrived on the scene ... things took a frightful turn - because cops say after they confronted Harris, it got violent.

Something sparked a level of resistance before officers apparently chose to effect an arrest.

Harris pushes the policeman off of him but keeps his hands up and proceeds to walk toward his vehicle. Harris started rambling and tried to explain what he was doing, but kept giving different answers.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group.