One day after Michigan State cornerback Jermaine Edmonson was granted his release from the school, an athletic department spokesman told MLive.com that the transfer is “not directly tied” to the redshirt senior’s recent altercation with Draymond Green.
Edmonson alleged he was slapped by Green, the former Michigan State basketball star and current Golden State Warriors forward. The incident took place early Sunday morning outside an East Lansing restaurant, and Green was arrested.
“It’s not directly tied to the weekend,” Ben Phlegar, Michigan State’s assistant director of athletic communications, told MLive.com. “These conversations were going on beforehand, and then this happened.”
Phlegar told MLive.com that the statement from coach Mark Dantonio that the department sent out Wednesday night was intended to “clear the air.”
“In discussions with Jermaine Edmonson following spring practice and in the weeks thereafter, it became clear that Jermaine wanted to play a larger role on the team,” Dantonio said in the statement. “After consulting with him in the summer, he felt it was in the best interest to finish his playing career elsewhere. We have granted his immediate release to transfer to another institution to have that opportunity.”
In 38 career games at Michigan State, Edmonson recorded 38 tackles. He is one of two Spartans secondary players to announce a transfer this week, joining senior safety Mark Meyers.