Posted: Oct 16, 2012 10:37 PM by MTN Sports
POCATELLO, ID - ESPN is reporting that former Montana State football coach Mike Kramer is under investigation by two police agencies after the Idaho State coach shoved a football player to the ground during practice.
The Pocatello Police Department is teaming with ISU campus police to investigate the incident with Bengals receiver Derek Graves. Video of the incident shows Kramer running across the field and using two hands to push Graves to the ground.
Graves told ESPN the incident occurred because Graves preferred to face a veteran cornerback during one-on-one practice drills, instead of the freshman cornerback he was paired with. When Graves waved for the older player to come participate in the drill, Kramer rushed across the field and shouted "he's a varsity f------ player" before shoving Graves to the ground. Kramer allegedly cursed again after Graves fell.
Since the October 3rd incident, Graves says he has suffered from neck spasms and has not yet been cleared to return to practice or games by the ISU medical staff. Graves has not competed in the last two games after hauling in 36 receptions through the Bengals first four contests. ISU assistant athletic director Steve Schaack says Graves has "not been available" in those last two contests and would not provide further details.
The police report was filed on Sunday after Graves and his family hired Alabama attorney Don Jackson. Jackson stated that due to the video and number of witnesses, "the investigation should have taken five minutes to complete. There is no justification for a college coach ever putting his hands on a player."
Kramer has no comment on the situation and Schaack has declined to comment on the school investigation, which he referred to as "open."
Kramer was fired from Montana State five years ago, after several former players were arrested or charged for drug-related crimes. He is currently in his second season at Idaho State University.