EKU football player accused of body-slamming OH police officer

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2020

Eastern Kentucky linebacker Michael Harris was arrested Monday for picking up an OH police officer and throwing him down.

Michael Harris, a red shirt sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, has been charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Harris is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Wednesday. Mr. Harris is now enrolled at EKU and listed as a redshirt sophomore on the EKU football roster.

"Understanding that details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students".

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Harris, per police reports, gave multiple stories to the officers and refused to obey orders.

Harris played 11 games at Auburn in 2019 before transferring to Eastern Kentucky.

Sources told 10TV that police were called to a business because of a disturbance with an aggressive man who did not work there and wouldn't leave. Police said they believed at the time that Harris was intoxicated and appeared to not know where he was or to know anyone in the area, WBNS-TV reported.

Harris swatted the officer's hand away, which resulted in placing Harris under arrest.

Harris pushes the policeman off of him but keeps his hands up and proceeds to walk toward his vehicle. The suspect now faces an assault on an officer charge in addition to others.

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