Grant Perry gets 12 Month Probation

Submitted by BlueCube on August 4th, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Here is the Detroit News article which says he was sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act meaning the felony will be dropped if he completes his probation without incident. His court records will remain sealed so we aren't going to find out anything more.



Per the Lansing State Journal



His attorney says he's fighting to keep his scholarship. The interesting thing is this

Assistant Ingham County Prosecutor Christina Johnson called Perry's actions a "crime of arrogance, entitlement and power," though she said she doesn't believe there was a sexual intent in what he did.



Edited to add Detroit News Link


Trader Jack

August 4th, 2017 at 4:34 PM ^

Just read the victim's statement. She seems to have been impacted by this assault in a, obviously, drastic way. I'll be honest, it's going to be more difficult for me to root for Mr. Perry than I initially thought it would be when he was first charged. I feel terrible for that young lady.


August 5th, 2017 at 11:19 AM ^

The sexual assault charges were dropped so the prosecutor determined it did not occur. There were plenty of witnesses. The assault charge against Grant stems from him shoving her in response to a verbal provocation from the woman. That's the facts and the misdemeanor charge that he pleaded to. No sexual assault ~ he was just trying to cut the line and got into altercation with another person. That person still is very upset and angry which is unfortunate. The statement she made seems very dramatic given the set of facts and court conclusions. There are unstable people in this world. That is why we have a court system overseen by professionals to mediate criminal outcomes based on facts and not feelings. She can always seek her civil remedies in a different court for her alleged anguished feelings.


August 4th, 2017 at 4:45 PM ^

That was a powerful statement. I simply don't have enough knowledge to say one way or another if he should remain on the team - this kind of statement is, by definition, one-sided of course - but I'll have a hard time cheering for the guy if he does remain on the team. 


August 4th, 2017 at 5:37 PM ^

Thank you for this response. I'm not sure I can cheer for Perry on a football field after reading the statement from the victim. The statement makes Perry seem like a total drunk asshat at best (if the statement is taken as maybe a little dramatic) and somebody who needs to be off the team immediately at worst. I'm glad not to be the one making the decisions on that one.


August 4th, 2017 at 10:13 PM ^

I don't know if you've had a chance to watch Last Chance U season 2 yet. That show, particularly the stories of DeAndre Johnson (punched a girl) and Dakota Allen (armed robbery) really drove home the point that we are often way too quick to judge a person's entire character based on what's in the headlines and often times good people can do really awful, dumb things. Hearing those guys' side of their stories, and watching them pay their dues to make amends made me a whole lot more hesitant to go full torch and pitchfork when I hear about an incident like this.


August 4th, 2017 at 4:47 PM ^

What Perry did was horrible, and I want him to play. Everyone deserves forgiveness and a chance to come back from mistakes. He will put in his time for what he has done wrong. Everyone gets extremely judgmental when something involves a woman. If he was charged for drunk driving or something like that, I doubt anyone would be acting so high and mighty.


August 4th, 2017 at 6:49 PM ^

That's not a good passage to apply here. It's reasonable to suggest that someone can be forgiven and still endure just consequences on Earth for their actions. You don't want detailed exegesis of that verse, but suppose this weekend I did what Grant Perry apparently did. I would hope that people would one day forgive me; I would still be fired from my position and rightly so. 


August 5th, 2017 at 11:35 AM ^

I mean, I hope we expect more of the clergy in terms of setting a good example and following the law than we do a 20 year old, drunk football player.

And while you claim that you would be fired, if you were a Catholic priest, the sexual-abuse scandal in the church suggest you would just quietly be moved to another parish and the hierarchy would just sweep it under the rug and hope it would all go away quietly. And those priests did a lot worse than touching a 19 year old girl's bum and crotch for 3-4 seconds.

P.S. Just for the record, I'm not in favor of how the Church handled the scandal, AT ALL. But healing begins with forgiveness and humility (There but for the grace of God go I.)

The Oracle

August 4th, 2017 at 11:09 PM ^

From the story, in court he minimized his actions, saying he simply "pushed" the victim and tried to "wriggle away" form the officer. He also made the whole thing about himself by saying that HE was ready to put the incident behind him. Sure, he should get a chance to play again, but not at Michigan. This wasn't an immature mistake that anyone could've made. The team has a very large roster of young men who don't do anything to get themselves arrested. Those weren't the actions of a so-called "Michigan Man." If he's allowed to return, that title will seem pretty hollow.


August 5th, 2017 at 2:14 AM ^

You want him to play? Dude was a complete asshole, not just for what he did to the girl, but just his attitude in general. Don't like me cutting in line? Well y'all can go fuck yourselves, and don't give me any shit cuz I play for the University of Michigan so fuck you all. I'd like to hear a sincerely humble public apology out of him before I'd want to see him play.


August 4th, 2017 at 11:46 PM ^

Deleted all my comments twice. Background: Marine corps, Nightclub security in Detroit and around for ten years, Twenty years as c.o. in corrections. You do not develop a syndrome because of one incident with a drunken fool standing in line with several people around. I have been diagnosed with P.T.S.D, anxiety disorders and major depression. Let me tell you this shit I deal with is no joke and sorry but her saying she suffers from the same shit I do pissed me right the fuck off.  I am not an uncaring person and don't know perry or what happened or the right course of action. I am sure she is telling the truth about how it went down, but she does not have ptsd and any therapist who says so is flat out lying. Lambs do not go to nightclubs and confront drunks for jumping in line. Perry is not sorry and she is still pissed about it. She has no credibility with me because I put my thirty years of ugliness in. Enough said my B.P. is through the ceiling right know and her five minutes..... sorry but she made it personal. The thing that struck me funny is how she said all he wanted to do was get in the club. She said that twice. I have lived in a world most of you on this blog have not and though you are entitlled to your own opinions I am pretty sure you would not want to be wrong.


August 5th, 2017 at 12:18 AM ^

I thought it was strange but had no first hand knowledge. An attorney can usually find an expert witness to say almost anything. I thought it was so low to say PTSD. It lowered her credibility in my eyes and was disgusting when people like you have endured so much more.

I really appreciate your comments here and hope you can overcome the horrors you endured while serving our country.



August 4th, 2017 at 7:16 PM ^

the police report been released? I ask because while it is important how the victim subjectively felt, I think it is equally important what Perry actually did. Once again, not making excuses or questioning the victim as to how it made her feel, but I think the more appropriate question in determining whether he remains at the school/on the team (after a substantial punishment) is an objective examination of his conduct and his intent.


August 4th, 2017 at 9:42 PM ^

He blew a 0.06 BAC at 9am the next day. That means he was probably around 0.15 at the time of the incident. That puts him right in the middle of this range with these effects:

BAC between 0.10 and 0.20, Impaired judgment, slurred speech, and trouble walking

I wonder how many of the sanctimonious commenters on this thread suggesting he should never play again for Michigan are going to head over to the Friday drinking thread.

I read what she said. I read what he said. I wasn't there. Were you? If what she said was true, I'm surprised the prosecutor couldn't find a witness to corroborate her story (this happened while they were waiting in line to get into a bar - how many people were in the line?) and charge him to the full extent of what the accuser claimed happened. I'm not suggesting he shouldn't be punished, but what is the appropriate punishment? The 8th Amendment and the Supreme Court suggest a penalty proportionate to the crime. He was given 60 hours of community service, has been publicly embarrassed by his actions, he has been suspended from a game, he is on probation for a year, and who knows what else Harbaugh has put him through. Remember, we're not punishing him for what he allegedly did, only what he plead guilty to.


August 5th, 2017 at 11:26 AM ^

in your analogy, for defending the accused, I would be Hillary Clinton (or Melania Trump.)

It does seem peculiar that the Perry incident happened Oct. 15, a mere 8 days after the Trump tape surfaced of him boasting of grabbing women's crotches. Subliminally, this could have influenced Perry to grab the victim's crotch, or she could have embellished her story based on the news of the day. I wasn't there. I don't know. I prefer to let the legal system work. Did the judge suspend him from the team? No. Harbaugh suspended him for at least two games, the bowl trip, spring practice, the Rome trip. Again, let's think about proportionality. He was not convicted of criminal sexual conduct. In fact, he was not even accused of criminal sexual conduct in the first, second, or third degree. But some on here are acting like he raped this woman. 

I suspect that some of you are bending over backwards trying to look tough on crime so that you won't feel like a hypocrite for calling for other teams' players to be suspended or thrown off the team for similar acts. Yes, we hold Michigan players to a higher standard. But let's not ruin this young man's career/life/future based on one bad decision. He's already going to have to live with the public shame. If he meets the requirements of his probation, his conviction will be vacated, but the memory of what he did will follow him forever.


August 5th, 2017 at 4:29 PM ^

is give him an excuse with the alcohol.  Reading the victim's statement changed my perspective.  He was found guilty and no amount of Michigan homerism makes his actions OK. I hope the victim gains peace at some point and hope Grant learns a lesson with respect to treating others with dignity and respecting authority.  Whether it follows him around for the rest of his life is a consequence of his own actions.

We'll be Champions

August 4th, 2017 at 4:33 PM ^

Obviously the way he harmed the victim may be too inexcusable to allow him back on the team. I hope both parties are able to get back on their feet after Perry goes through school and rehab and the victim, I hope at least, gets some form of psych treatment


August 4th, 2017 at 4:35 PM ^

this year. Harbaugh said he would not represent the team until the matter is closed. He is on probation and could still face jail time if he breaks probation. At the least I would say he doesn't play until his probation is over and he meets all requirements for it.