Clark Dismissed from Michigan’s Football Team

After being arrested for a domestic abuse charge over the weekend Michigan senior defensive end Frank Clark was kicked off the football team Monday morning.

"I didn't do s--- to her. I didn't touch that woman. She is a woman."

Those were the comments made by Michigan senior defensive end Frank Clark to authorities according to a police report obtained by the Detroit Free Press via a FOIA request.  It details the reasoning behind Perkins (Ohio) officers’ decision to arrest Clark on a charge of domestic violence. 

Accounts from the alleged victim, Diamond Hurt, and her siblings paint a violent and scary picture of what took place.

Those accounts were enough to convince Brady Hoke to remove Clark from the Michigan football team.

"Frank Clark has been dismissed for violating team rules from the Michigan football program,” Hoke said in a statement.  “This is a tragic situation. Our student-athletes will be held accountable when their actions fail to meet the standard we have at Michigan. There is a legal process that will occur and we respect that process."

According to the police report occupants of the room next to the one being resided in by Clark and his girlfriend at Maui Sands Hotel in Sandusky Ohio reported hearing two small children running into the hallway yelling, "Frank is killing our sister."

Hurt’s mother, who was also staying in the hotel in a different room, reported that the children ran to her room saying "Frank killed Diamond."

Another of Hurt’s siblings was showering in the room where the alleged assault took place and said he emerged from the bathroom and observed Clark punching his sister.  According to the police report he noticed “his sister was trying to fight back and Frank grabbed her by the throat, picked her up off the ground, and slammed her to the ground while also landing on top of her.”

The officer documented the injuries that were sustained noted that “Ms. Hurt had a large welt on the left side of her cheek, and blood near the left side of her Temple area.”

He later detailed other injuries.  “She also had a scuff or rug burn on her right hip area. Sgt. Musser also observed several marks on her red marks on her neck and those areas were photographed.”

Hurt’s account of event was mostly consistent with that of her siblings.  According to the police report,

“She advised Frank and her were on the bed and began to argue. She stated she has been short tempered, she got mad, and she threw the T. V. remote at him. She advised Frank tried restraining her on the bed and that is when she bit his nose. She advised he then pushed her head down into the bed and then they both got off the bed. She advised Frank then punched her in the face and she fell back breaking the lamp. She stated she then threw an alarm clock at him and he was trying to gather his belongings to leave.”

“Diamond was asked about the marks on her neck and she stated they must be from when Frank grabbed her by the shirt. It was pointed out that her brother stated Frank grabbed her by the neck and slammed her to the ground. Diamond stated he didn't grab her by the throat and that he grabbed her by the shirt. She stated she was also wearing a necklace with a pendant. The pendant was found in the bed and the necklace was found on the floor, to the right of the bed.”

Hurt indicated to police that she did not want to pursue domestic violence charges, but the responding officers informed her that Clark would be arrested anyway. 

Said Officer Martin Curran on the report, “in Ohio when a domestic violence victim does not want to pursue a criminal charge against the offender and there are signs of physical violence, we are guided by law to charge that offender with domestic violence.”

Clark faced a judge Monday morning and entered a not guilty plea.  Bond was set at $3000.

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