UPDATE: Dodge says that police told him that Simpson was not issued a breathalyzer at the scene and there was no suspicion of any substances involved. He was also driving a car registered to the wife of athletic director Warde Manuel. U-M spokesman Tom Wywrot also gave him a statement.
“We have addressed this situation with Zavier and continue to move forward,” Michigan basketball spokesman Tom Wywrot. “We viewed his situation as an educational opportunity for him as well as the rest of the team.”
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Michigan Wolverines point guard Zavier Simpson drove a car into a street pole the evening after the team’s loss to Illinois on Jan. 26, according Sam Dodge of MLive (and formerly of Maize n Brew) via Ann Arbor police.
The incident occurred on the corner of Hill and South Forest at 3:03 a.m., where officers found Simpson standing outside of the vehicle. When he initially was asked by police if he was the driver, he initially denied it before taking ownership of it as the investigation at the scene continued.
Dodge writes that Simpson was given a ticket for driving too fast for the current road conditions, but that police did not comment on whether any impaired driving occurred or if he took a breathalyzer test.
Michigan has not and probably will not comment on whether or not this issue was related to his one-game suspension, but seeing as the news dropped of his suspension the Monday after this occurred, it all matches up.
Head coach Juwan Howard cited a broken team rule as a reason for the suspension, but it is unclear what rule Simpson broke. The Wolverines have referred to this as an in-house matter.
Dodge would also write that MLive has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the police report from the Ann Arbor traffic stop, so we will keep an eye on this one.