Almost exactly 11 months ago, Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr.’s career almost came to a sudden conclusion after being arrested for an alcohol related incident. Kings Jr., however, was able to overcome the obstacle and catch 29 passes for 404 yards and one touchdown. Now, the junior wide out will be faced with another difficult time after allegedly being involved in his second alcohol related incident during the last year.
The Detroit Free Press was the first to break the news, and according to their reports, Kings Jr. was arrested and charged with drunken and disorderly conduct, and obstructing, resisting, hindering or assaulting an officer. The incident occurred in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday morning at 2:36 a.m. Both charges filed are misdemeanors, but Kings Jr.’s checkered past may bring more significant punishment.
“We’re aware of the incident,” Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio said in a written statement. “All of our student-athletes are held to a high standard, and individuals will be held accountable for their actions. We will manage this situation internally.”
Last spring, Kings was suspended for the remainder of spring practices following his first arrest, and with this years spring practices opening on March 19, there is a serious chance we do not see Kings again this academic year. After the first few games, Kings said he had become a changed man that contributed to his improved 2014 season.
“I’m not taking things for granted because it can be gone like that,” he said. “I’m more humble and more in tune with everything in my life and school.”
Still, the second run-in with law shows Kings has not matured and raised the real question whether or not Kings will be a member of the Spartans 2015 squad. If it were up to me, no way would Kings see the gridiron, but as we frequently see sometimes talent wins out.
*Section Photo credit to Eric Francis, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Mark Cunningham, Getty Images.