Brady Hoke: "No Question" Suspended Wide Receiver Csont'e York is Still With Program

By DJ Byrnes on August 14, 2014 at 12:35p

In the above video, Michigan sophomore wide receiver Csont'e York (in the bucket hat), can be seen eyeing a man up, checking for any present security, and then uncorking a hellacious right hook on an unsuspecting victim. According to a witness, the argument started on the merits of football and hockey.

The straight sucker punch left the victim with a jaw broken in three places that had to be wired shut.

According to Michigan's football coach, however, Csont'e York is suspended, but he's still with Michigan's football team.


"There's no question (he's still a part of the program), we're going to go through the process," Hoke said. "He's a guy who has been a part of this team, and we're going to go through the process.

"His status hasn't changed."

York has already admitted to investigators he was the one who threw a punch:

“[The victim] pressed up on [York's friend's] face to face exchanging words for no reason. I got (nervous) and scared about the situation so I hit the guy. I punched him.” 

Innocent until proven guilty, I suppose. But damn, that doesn't make that surveillance video any less vicious. 


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Oyster's picture

The long time assistant to Coach Hayes is rolling over in his grave right now.

I would like to believe that Bo would have helped him pack his bags the night it happened.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

+8 HS
Jsgobucks's picture

Wow such bull crap, the guy that got knocked out didn't make any kind of threatening gestures.... And York was sizing him up for a good 5 seconds. Should be kicked off the team... But that Hoke I guess

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Butch_Driveshaft's picture

They'll need someone come November who can start a fight and they can afford to have ejected when they play in Columbus.

He owes me 260 bucks vacation pay, and he won't fuckin' pay that, so I figured a handful of chips wasn't too much to ask.


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d1145fresh's picture

That's a bold strategy Cotton... let's see how that plays out for them.

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kyo's picture

Effin' A Cotton, Effin' A

+4 HS
BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

When you get the reference.. :D

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LouGroza's picture

If Hoke keeps this guy on the team it is disgraceful. After all other problems there were talked away with minimal impact on the program, it shows a desperate program and coach. Even the majority of their fans have said they think he should be gone. Place is turning into anything goes.

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J.Mo's picture

Knocking someone out like that isn't worse than rape and Hoke kept a rapist on his team*

*except for the last two games of his senior season

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Watch out, M Man will go off on you for that!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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DRAKE008's picture

Normally, I would be in the camp that says wait and see what happens in court, but that video tells me everything I need to know.  He should be off the team.

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cplunk's picture

Hopefully the local authorities jail him and it doesn't matter what Hoke says. His cover story is total BS. Dude is a thug and a punk.

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captain obvious's picture

He should be immediately moved to defense. That's a better hit by scUM than I've seen in years.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Or offensive line, they seem to like someone who can throw a good punch here and there.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

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kb1's picture

His excuse as to being scared is as egregious as the punch itself.

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mh277907's picture

“[The victim] pressed up on [York's friend's] face to face exchanging words for no reason. I got (nervous) and scared about the situation so I hit the guy. I punched him.” 

That does not look like the actions of someone who is nervous or scared. If he was truly concerned he could have easily just grabbed his buddy and moved on down the sidewalk.

Also, I understand he deserves due process in the court of law but I don't agree that he deserves any sort of "process" from the football team.


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BTBuckeye's picture

Wow. I wonder if the UM alumni feel the same way as Hoke? That is very damning video tape evidence.

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kholmes's picture

Everyone on all the M boards feels he should never play a down again and think that will likely be the end result.

York is already suspended indefinitely and he is not at fall camp or participating in any team activities as a result. I think most dont feel there is a harm in at least following through with the legal process and any formal school process as long as he doesnt participate in any team activities in the meantime. If the right decision is made in the end, there is nothing wrong with waiting until everything is investigated correctly to make that final long as he is not participating in anything in the meantime.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I am encouraged by the response of you and other Michigan fans.  That, at least, give me hope that there are some that believe in the "Michigan Man" motto.  However, I really have to take umbrage with your coach.  If it were a police report claiming these actions, it would be one thing.  But there is indisputable video evidence right there.  Add that to the one game suspension of a convicted felon (would not a "regular student" been expelled for breaking into another student's dorm room and stealing their laptop?????) and it's inexcusable.  Urban would have been crucified for these two incidents (not even accounting for the kicker thing/Lewan thing).

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lwitters's picture

I'm pretty sure they have to wait for the disciplinary proceedings to run their course before they can take his scholarship.  It's a purely procedural timing issue.

That being said, to hell with ttun.

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sharks's picture

Years from now, someone will ask you if you recall the exact moment the whole 'Michigan Man' facade collapsed under its own ridiculousness, you can say 'Hell yes, I can.'

A man got to have a code...

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Agree. Nothing honorable, gentlemanly or manly occurred in the video . Hoke is okay with his player being that way and it represents Michigan tradition in a pathetic way.
Come out and publicly say it is unacceptable..... no room for that stuff in your program. His ummmmm..... errrrf..... golly gee approach makes them look clueless.

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Rkayjay02's picture

Hokie Dokie must have taken a team vote 

Friends don't let friends root for TTUN...Buckeye4Life

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johnblairgobucks's picture

If York were a random UM student, he would probably be expelled from school.
Obviously Hoke has seen the video, and is proven to be classless.

Hovenaut's picture

Not really concerned with what Hoke says here - his statement isn't surprising - as I am with Csont'e York's excuse reasoning for throwing the punch.

I'm all for defending a friend, but York's comment is a crock of shit.

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buckeyesean's picture

Where is the national media outcry here like with the Hyde/Roby incidents from last year?  I recall breaking news all over ESPN, and outcry that Urban cannot control his players and does not discipline guys.  Understand Hyde/Roby were higher profile players, but as usual, Hoke and UM get a pass.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Yeah, the national media does tend to have a Michigan bias. OSU was getting hammered as unworthy for losing 2 NATIONAL TITLE games, and ESPN was giving Wolverines September Heismans despite losing to Appalachian State and Toledo.

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Hovenaut's picture

As Hyde/Roby were higher profile players, Ohio State is the higher profile program.

Ditto for UFM, the higher profile coach.

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

I believe it has something to do with how irrelevant they have become 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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Frostybuck88's picture

York sizes guy up from the side, slightly behind him, then unleashes a haymaker that finds it's mark.  Then he runs away like a little bitch.  Really?  Typical I suppose from a *ichigan *an!

The Dude abides...

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Habu71's picture


Maybe, if there wasn't clear video evidence, maybe. This, wow. 

Myc24's picture

Dude is looking at some not-insignificant jail time.

"Because I couldn't go for three!"  - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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XUbuckeye's picture

I don't buy his excuse at all, his friend even moved out of the way for him when he noticed York sizing the kid up. If Hoke lets him stay on the team after this, I will have lost what little respect I have for TTUN.

That video is pretty damning.

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

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IGotAWoody's picture

Hoke and his players, along with most of Meatchicken nation, already get zero respect from me. All they can do is continue to provide me with justification for that zero respect, and they do. Almost on a daily basis.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

Davep160's picture

I am always scared of people with their hands in their pockets not looking at me.

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Burnsy's picture

That's true intimidation! Thanks for the laugh. 

thevman19's picture

You do the Hokey Pokey & you turn yourself around...thats what being a _ichigan man is all about.

The road to nowhere leads to me...

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jaxbuckeye's picture


Are you freaking kidding me!?  Not like we should be surprised since this is the classy coach that suspended a convicted felon for one game.  This beyond pisses me off! Urban gets treated like the fucking anti-Christ over nothing, yet we have coaches like Hoke and Les Miles essentially ignoring some of the worst behavior of all.  I remember the day when suckerpunching someone would make you an outcast within your own peer group!

Hoke is a fucking douche bag!


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allbucksallthetime's picture

IMO, this is an example as to why Brady Hoke is NOT the right man at UM.  Leadership is about taking tough stands and doing the right thing under any and all circumstances.  Regardless as to what occurred prior to the violent assault we all have witnessed on video, it is indisputable that York sized his victim up and threw that punch to inflict maximum pain.  If Bo Schembechler were alive and coaching at UM today, you can bet the house that York would have been gone as of August 3, 2014.  

"We're going to go through the process" says Coach Hoke.  How gutless can a man be?  As much as I dislike UM, I have always had great respect for what that program has stood for over time and for many of the people who made it that way.  What a punch in the gut this is to them, their tradition, and to UM fans everywhere!  Go Bucks!

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Agree, AllBucks - even though I despise scUM with every fiber of my being, I've always respected them. You can bet that not only would Bo have kicked the punk off the team, Lllllloyd would have done so as well. Props to the still reasonable fans at TTUN for calling this incident what it is - disgraceful, embarrassing and intolerable.

Compare Hoke's response to UFM's when told of El Guapo's incident last Summer - "livid" was I think one of his words - and he was ready to suspend Hyde immediately. How far the (high and) mighty have fallen at *ichigan.

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Poison nuts's picture

Hoke would have been better served by just saying "no comment." As it stands, he only added to the growing appearance of ineptitude.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Firmthyfriendship's picture

Police: so, tell us your side. What happened?

York: blah blah blah...scared so I hit him.

Police: interesting. The surveilance camera tells a different story, care to elaborate?

York: the surveil...wha? *poops pants* well umm..err...

Police: Yeah, that's what we thought. Book him Danno.

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FitzBuck's picture

Did someone say "poops pants"?

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Canukbuck's picture

Johnny Cochrane isn't getting this guy off ..... The victim never took his hands out of his pockets the entire time, so at no time was he making any threatening gestures to York's buddy.  York cold-cocked the poor SOB while his hands were in his pockets - total punk-ass bitch move and for Hoke to even consider keeping this girlie-boy on the team speaks volumes .... What a gutless move by both York and Hoke (nice touch by York to work on his 40 once he delivered the punch) .... Wow !!!!!

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northcampus's picture

The Michigan athletic department now has some new video for their 'THIS is Michigan!' clips on the jumbotron prior to home game kickoffs.

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1. We should not be surprised.  This happens at every school - unfortunately, some just don't get caught.  Judge his poor decisions, and be mad at the brokenness of the few bad apples, but we don't know him to pass judgement on him.

2. We shouldn't care what happens up there.  Let's just mind our own business so long as he isn't making it our business to mind him (eg Lewan decking an OSU fan).

3. Hoke is a joke, but someone get the man some media training so he stops making us feel embarrassed for him.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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buckskin's picture

I have always respected that program up north, but it's getting harder and harder to do so. From Brandon, to the Dontre incident, to RR and now Hoke, the program is sailing without a rudder. The worst has to be a lack of discipline, whether it be Gibbons or York.

gravey's picture

I was curious about the way MLive was covering this story.   I've argued that AA, because of its size and culture, has an insularity to it that is very different than Columbus.  There's barely a whisper of this story.  None in the past few days.  I can't imagine this happening with the Dispatch (let alone the wolves at ESPN).

Buckeye Chuck's picture

If York really was "nervous and scared," that explains a lot about Michigan's recent on-field performance. If he was afraid of some random drunk guy, how do you suppose he'd react to Ryan Shazier bearing down on him?

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

SHAKENBAKE68's picture

Looks a lot like the knock-out game to me. I think it was all a set up waiting for the right guy to come along. His buddy set the guy up, then backed up to give York a clear shot.

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..