MSU Commit Jayru Campbell Arraigned, Pleads 'Not Guilty'

March 10, 2014 at 2:06p    by DJ Byrnes    
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Dual-threat QB and Michigan State commit Jayru Campbell is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor for allegedly body-slamming his school's security guard

Today, he was officially arraigned and unsurprisingly entered a plea of "not guilty." From Freep.com:

Jayru Campbell, 17, faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a felony, and aggravated assault, a misdemeanor. A plea of not guilty was entered during the brief hearing this morning at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, and another hearing was set for Friday.

Campbell is out of custody on bond and had support of family and friends in the courtroom. Several wore Michigan State apparel to the hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge James Chylinski.

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The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000, and the misdemeanor count is punishable by up to one year behind bars and a fine up to $1,000.

The incident allegedly occurred after the school's 23 year-old security guard asked Campbell multiple times to take off his hood. The incident was recorded, posted to Instagram and has since been reposted over YouTube.

If the person doing the body-slamming is proven to be Jayru Campbell (and obviously the government thinks it is), then Campbell's lawyer will have his work cut-out for him. It's likely this never goes to trial, though, and Campbell's lawyer will simply angle for a plea deal.

It must be assumed the terms of the potential plea deal would be critical in determining if Campbell's Michigan State scholarship offer is still valid. 


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Oyster's picture

Obviously the young man doesn't know there is a video of the "alleged incident", neither does his lawyer it would seem.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I'm sure he's aware. Standard practice to plead "not guilty" to drag the proceedings out and give you more time to work a defense/angle for a plea deal.

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Oyster's picture

I should have used my sarcasm dots, but I'm trying to cut back.

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Earle's picture

You know what they say about basketball teams that like to press struggling against pressure?  Evidently the same applies to sarcasm.

Italics are for emphasis.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

This one went over my head, I suppose. Namaste.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Oyster's picture

No I don't.  What do they say?

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Unky Buck's picture

You know what they say about basketball teams that like to press struggling against pressure?

That an ellipsis represents an unfinished thought?

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Oyster's picture

That's right Unky, poke the bee hive...

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Earle's picture

I think that body slams are perfectly justified in some instances.

Italics are for emphasis.

Oyster's picture

Another missed opportunity.  This would have been a perfect time for Sarcasm Dots, watch:

I think that body slams are perfectly justified in some instances.

I think that body slams are perfectly justified in some instances...

See what I mean?

 

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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Earle's picture

You're assuming that I'm being sarcastic.

Italics are for emphasis.

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Oyster's picture

Au contraire, I was using this as an example to further your cause.  In the case of the body slam being acceptable, ending it with Sarcasm Dots would in this case allow the reader to actually insert a name if they choose, such as Unky, since he poked the bee hive.  Another example could be, "as in this case", or "if I ever see your face in public" etc.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

Earle's picture

But if I wasn't sarcastic, then they wouldn't be "sarcasm dots", would they? 
 

Italics are for emphasis.

Oyster's picture

I just use the term Sarcasm Dots because I have trouble spelling that other word that use to describe them.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

Earle's picture

The words I use to describe "sarcasm dots" are easy to spell.

Italics are for emphasis.

Oyster's picture

Genius, groundbreaking, trendsetting, universally accepted.  Yea, them be some easy words to spell.  Unlike that lipus word you use.

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Unky Buck's picture

I think that body slams are perfectly justified in some instances.

Yes they are...

 

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Hovenaut's picture

Saying my prayers, eating my vitamins.

 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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buckeyedude's picture

I'm just wondering what kind of "defense" Jayru is contemplating?

 

 

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BUCKI06's picture

I'm guessing something along the lines of "he started it".

"As long as we're keeping score, we're gonna try to win this thing." - UFM

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Probably Cover-4.  As in, his lawyer better cover for him or else he's screwed.  I hear that's how they roll at MSU.

BierStube's picture

If the hood don't fit, you must acquit!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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mobboss1984's picture

Who cares, he's not a buckeye. Hope he gets it together! Thanks for the update Dj! 

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
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buckeyedude's picture

He could have broken the dude's neck. If he was a Buckeye recruit, I'd still have 0 sympathy for him. It was assault and battery, with attempt to severely maim and possible death. Throw the f$#king book at him. I'm sick of these athletes being molly coddled because they are athletes.

And before you point out my hypocrisy with regard to El Guapo's off the field last transgressions last summer: the severity of these two situations are not even close. Not even in the same universe.

 

 

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mobboss1984's picture

Throw the book at him, lock him up, do what ever you have to. If he is a buckeye throw the book at him so more. Like I said I watched a guy get thrown over a balcony in school, so I hope he gets the same punishment. Jail time!!!! El Guapo situation is far from Jayru situation. Quite frankly El Guapo situation shouldn't have been mentioned. You really think I have sympathy for this kid?  I have none for anyone who commits a crime. Athlete or not, you commit a crime, you go to jail.  Let's talk buckeyes!!!

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
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FROMTHE18's picture

I still have no idea how MSU hasn't revoked his scholarship. I get giving kids a second chance to turn it around, but it wasn't like he shoplifted, he body slammed another person over nothing…er, allegedly. 

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rdubs's picture

Who's to say they haven't.  MSU can't comment on this since he hasn't signed a letter of intent.  

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FROMTHE18's picture

well, I'm sure if the scholarship was pulled it would be reported, same way we find out if kids get offered. OSU doesn't come out and say: "we offered so and so." 

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TheBadOwl's picture

What if the kid in the video isn't Jayru or if he has some other kind of actual, legitimate defense?

MSU has no reason to even react to this using anonymous media backchannels. There are two outcomes here.

  1. Jayru is found guilty. Whether he goes to jail or not, he's probably not playing football next year, no reason to assume that MSU would honor their verbal scholarship offer.
  2. Everyone on the internet is wrong and he's somehow vindicated.

Also, it's worth pointing out that, at this point, 2015 offers are only verbal, they're not in writing and therefore do not have to be honored.

TL;DR: They haven't "pulled" his offer yet because legitimate, written offers don't go out for a few more months anyways.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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FROMTHE18's picture

Of the various points you made, the last one was probably the most useful. I also think you are stretching by suggesting "what if the kid in the video isn't Jayru?" Fine, we weren't there, we don't have definitive proof, but when all signs point to yes, breaking out some sort of Inception/Matrix type defense isn't going to be useful against common sense. Another point: just because someone isn't charged or is found not-guilty does not mean they didn't do something wrong/commit the alleged crime; if that were the case, Hyde wouldn't have received any type of punishment. IMO, unless the kid was in any type of serious danger of being injured by being told to remove his hood, then he didn't just over-react, he reacted to a degree that is off the charts. "Remove your hood." No (proceeds to body slam the person). In the words of Ron Burgundy, "That escalated quickly." Jayru has a slight history of anger issues including this pretty barbaric act, no offense to Dantonio, but I highly doubt Meyer would still be interested in this kid. One final note: there are varying degrees of Assault. I'd find it hard to believe that the security guard posed any type of serious threat to Jayru that warranted being suplexed, so unless Jayru and his lawyer can pull a true self-defence defence out of their ass, this kid is guilty of some form of assault; no vindication. 

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gutterwaste's picture

Maybe they just change the offer to "Defensive Back", use the body slam video to evaluate his use of leverage and technique...

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Really bad look for MSU if he ends up in East Lancing.  Kids make mistakes and all but this sort of thing has to indicate much deeper issues.  I just can't see this working out to where he's a Spartan.  The kid blew it.

 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Who's he gonna blame it on? Damon Webb?

LEBRON

mobboss1984's picture

A kid that body slam someone is not a thug. Just a dumb kid. They didn't say he was a gang banger!

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

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Oyster's picture

You are correct, body slamming someone does not make you a thug.  However, body slamming a resource officer or anyone else in a postion of authority does.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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mobboss1984's picture

Like I said resource officer or not, he's just a bad kid in need of discipline. If it was me that was body slammed I would want the same justice as a resource officer. Thug or some regular guy. He's not a thug. He's a kid who thinks he's tough. He needs discipline, and help.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

So he's a wanna be thug?

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mobboss1984's picture

Absolutely, most of these young guys think they are real thugs. Until reality hits!

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
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mobboss1984's picture

Once again i'm not covering for him, he needs to do time and grow up.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

Buckeyeneer's picture

I understand why you would plead not guilty to this, but when there's video of you doing it, I can't help but find it humorous.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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PittBuckeye's picture

Yeah, I just can't imagine what drives someone to body slam another person because they told you to take your hood off, which must be a school rule anyway. Craziness. 

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OfficerRabbit's picture

The incident has been pretty hot on sports radio here in SE MI, and you are correct in saying the security guard was just trying to enforce school policy (no hoods inside the building). FWIW, it would seem Jayru Campbell has serious anger issues, as that wasn't the first incident he's had recorded (see my post below), and there are rumors of other character issues as well.

 

 

UrbanPirate's picture

Could be that he's just pleading guilty to the felony part-even with video evidence he could (and probably will) get it reduced to some sort of misdemeanor if his lawyers can argue that his intent was not to do "great bodily harm". There's a big difference between the two; felonies are like herpes-that shit follows you around for life!

Just... Go Bucks.

    

theopulas's picture

This is sad that this kid didn't realize the chance he was given and the responsibility that comes with it....he will not get to a big time college and more then likely will spend some time on probation and all that comes with that .....(never be able to vote)....so sad...!

Theopulas

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CPDenn's picture

Sometimes things like this have to happen in a person's life to make them realize that and go in a new direction. Clarett mentions a lot about how going to jail was a blessing in disguise for him, and hopefully this situation is able to eventually push Jayru into a positive direction going forward in his life. 

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buckeyes7222's picture

You think Michigan State will actually pull the scholarship offer on this kid? I mean, he only body slammed a security guard. Although, I see your point, Sparty has always had very rigorous character standards.

The sad thing is, I'm only half-kidding (See the MSU player who told Malik McDowell that football players don't have to go to class and, as far as we know, contributed to McDowell's heart being set on MSU)

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osu07asu10's picture

It is likely he won't play at MSU if the prosecutors do their job. With this much evidence a plea deal truthfully isn't necessary. Campbell should get a plea deal but only to spare taxpayers money and the victim time and stress and the plea deal should not be light.

If they prosecute the case accordingly, Campbell will never play at MSU. Kids need to learn responsibility and being a D1 athlete is a privilege with responsibilities. When you do something so heinous as it appears he has done there is a price to pay.  I hope he catches on at a lower level school, earns a degree, and grows from this experience.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

OfficerRabbit's picture

Sadly that isn't the only video footage of Jayru losing his shit. Here's a video of him allegedly punching a kid from another school in the handshake line after Cass Tech lost. I can't really see the punch, but I see the tantrum he throws when one of his coaches tries to corral him. Fun starts around :35 into the video.

 

 

 

MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

I have a friend who plays on the winning team, Catholic Central, and I remember him telling me about how Jayru tried to get at one of his teammate's during the handshake line.  I didn't know that soon after he threw a tantrum you'd expect to see from a toddler.  Not a good look whatsoever.

buckskin's picture

It would have been nice if his teammate #62 would have just beat his ass.  I'm sure he was thinking it.

UrbanPirate's picture

Jesus Christ... That'd be enough of a character flag for me to move on. And nice hair... Sheesh

Just... Go Bucks.

    

Oyster's picture

Life imitating art.  Remember the scene from the Road Warrior when the Humungus had to put Wez into a sleeper hold to restrain him and his anger.

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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Stoicpaisano's picture

His fans wear Michigan State stuff, he gets arraigned while rocking his letterman's jacket. This sounds like a Bud Kilmer coached team. Oh, it's coached by Michigan man Wilcher, whose goons dot the UM kick coverage unit.

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M Man's picture

That's Damon Webb's coach you are talking about.

Oh and Dontre started it...

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original buckeye's picture

Yeah, Dontre asked those five or six Michigan players to surround him, push him, and not let him get off the ground or back to his sideline.  Sure.  Question for you--is Dontre also responsible for Hoke starting a convicted felon at linebacker or the Brendan Gibbons incident?  Or any other of the depths to which your program has sunk under Hoke's watch?  (and, in asking that, I am not referring to the Hoke's pathetic on the field performance; rather, I'm asking about off the field)

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Stoicpaisano's picture

And for every Webb or Vern Gholston or Dior Mathis it seems that there's a Boobie Cissoko or Campbell (his charges were bogus but he was a disappointment on the field) or Marco Cooper. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

Somebody is still butthurt about 42-41....

LEBRON

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Go1Bucks's picture

There is no excuse for behavior such as what Jayru did to the security guard.  As it is highly unlikely that it is someone else (as the video pretty much makes that impossible), his only chance is to be contrite in court and pray the judge is an MSU fan if he ever wants to play in D1.

Go Bucks!

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

You think even a Judge somebody here to protect us all would cut this kid a break because he is a MSU fan? I wouldnt want this kid anywhere near tOSU and I would be highly disappointed if a kid got a break on real justice for fandome. Have heard awhile back that Jayru is a leader of a group of recruits MSU is trying to bring in and that this might be a reason they try to string this along for fear of not losing Jayru but a handful of good recruits. Makes no sense to me at all but I guess they dont get to just move on to the next highly recruited player like we do. Some of their fans even goes as far as to stick up for Jayru and make ridiculous excuses for his actions.

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TUNBUCK89's picture

I know the video is a great piece of evidence, but is it the only evidence there is ? ...NO. How about the dozens of eyewitnesses ?

nrobinsonpe's picture

Right on.  We need to stop using the word "allegedly" in this case.  Aaron Hernandez "allegedly" killed a man (or three.)  This kid absolutely power bombed that security officer.  That's really not the question.  Whether he's guilty of a crime is still up in the air (but I personally believe he should be.)

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mobboss1984's picture

Personally this kid is getting too much air time. Make him pay the price already. May he learn from his mistakes and may his parents realize they need to wake up. In high school I've seen worse things then this body slam. This kid is no different than the other kids who have done this before. The only difference is he had a scholarship to play at MSU. His mom should've beat his ass. Let's talk some buckeyes.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
 

Barnsey69's picture

He obviously has some anger issues that need to be addressed. This behavior will continue until he, and/or his support people, address the source. The behavior of the other students after he slams the guard is just as alarming. 

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buckeyedude's picture

I wonder what the sentiment in here would be if he had body slammed his female school teacher?

 

 

 

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Oyster's picture

It shouldn't make any difference who it was or their gender.  This child reacted with violence to a person in authority when told to do something he didn't want to do.  I could go on as to what I think the cause is, but I'll spare everyone a parenting 101 class (thank me later).

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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hit_the_couch's picture

meh, it was a rent a cop, not a person of authority. I don't expect anyone to listen to them. Not that I condone what the kid did.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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mobboss1984's picture

Lock him up!

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
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The Rill Dill's picture

Better hope the judge isn't a Michigan fan.

hit_the_couch's picture

It wasn't him on that tape; it also wasn't R. Kelly, on the tape, urinating on those girls.

He'll probably get off; michigan has some kind of program for first time felony offenders. TTUN De 'Felony' Frank Clark got off from robbing dorm rooms and WIll Campbell got away with his vandalism charge. Not completely sure if it only applies to non-violent offenders though.

If his behavior continues like this, he'll be perfect for a career in politics.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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M Man's picture

The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

Jayru might qualify.  My hunch is that he will.  But he is missing an entire term right now at Cass Tech.  I am wondering if he will graduate on time.

Frank Clark (Glenville) was alleged to have taken a laptop from someone else's dorm room.  He followed all of the terms of his HYTA commitment; was never in trouble before or since; and as a consequence has no felony conviction.

hit_the_couch's picture

He plead guilty to a felony; I believe it was just expunged (proper term?) since he followed all that stuff. Kids make mistakes; as long as he stays out of trouble, then I have no problem with this outcome.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

"If I had a son, he'd look like Jayru."

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OneOfOver475000's picture

If only Stanford had played Jayru football...

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wilkins0802's picture

He says not guilty....?!?

 

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