Michigan has dismissed senior defensive end Frank Clark from the football program, the school announced on Monday morning, following an arrest for domestic violence on Saturday night.
“Frank Clark has been dismissed for violating team rules from the Michigan football program,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke wrote 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.”
Clark was arrested in Sandusky, Ohio after allegedly striking his 20-year-old girlfriend, Diamond Hurt, in a hotel room.
MLive.com obtained a police report and described some details:
Per the report, officer Martin Curran arrived at the hotel shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday night after a call from the hotel citing an altercation in one of its rooms. Curran approached Clark — who appeared intoxicated and had blood on his nose — in the parking lot of the hotel.
In his initial interview with Curran, Clark denied striking Hurt, saying “I didn’t do (expletive) to her, I didn’t touch that woman, she is a woman. … I don’t know what they do, what they go through, I don’t know what she is going through, I know she is going through some crazy fits, and she may be pregnant.”
Hurt’s brother, who is 15, later told police that he was in the shower inside the room at the time of the alleged incident, but his younger brother entered the bathroom and told him Clark had struck their sister. The brother then left the bathroom, and said he witnessed Clark grab his sister by the throat and slam her to the ground.
Hurt then told Curran that she and Clark were lying on the bed in the hotel room when they began to argue. She explained that she got mad and threw a television remote at him before Clark tried to restrain her. At that time, she said she bit his nose. From there, Hurt said Clark pushed her head down into the bed before they both got up. At that point, she said Clark “punched her in the face,” causing her to fall and break the lamp near the bed. Hurt said she then threw an alarm clock at him while he was attempting to leave the room. Hurt’s brother told Curran that Clark had drank “at least a fifth of Hennessy” that night. Hurt herself said she had not been drinking. She received a portable breathalyzer test, and the result was .000 percent.
Hurt suffered visible injuries — a welt on the cheek, bruises on her neck and a scuff burn on her right hip. She initially told Curran she did not want to press charges against Clark, but Curran told her that there were clear signs of domestic violence, and that he would be arrested and jailed.