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Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 12:43 p.m.

Michigan football team's Marvin Robinson accused of stealing video game

By Staff

Updated 2:10 p.m.

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Marvin Robinson

Marvin Robinson, a sophomore safety on the Michigan football team, is accused of breaking into a room at West Quad dormitory in September and stealing a video game.

Robinson, 20, was arraigned last week on a charge of second degree home invasion and released on a promise to appear. He is accused of breaking into a locked dorm room at 10 p.m. Sept. 29 and stealing the game. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. in 14A District Court, where Robinson is expected to be represented by a public defender. If convicted, Robinson could face a maximum of 15 years in prison.

"We are aware of the report," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. "We will let the legal process run its course, and we will not have any further comment until that time."

Robinson has nine tackles in five games and has started once. He did not travel travel with the team to Iowa or Illinois, which coach Hoke had said was due to an undisclosed injury.


Lee Higgins

Thu, Nov 17, 2011 : 12:23 p.m.

Here's an interview with Robinson's attorney: <a href=""></a>


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 2:58 a.m.

This guy must be addicted to Dance Dance Revolution if he is willing to break into a dorm to steal a copy.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:26 a.m.

If the charges are true, I don't believe he deserves a place on the Michigan football team. When will people learn that they can ruin thier entire career by such acts? Dumb.

Art Vandelay

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 12:48 a.m.

15 years for stealing a video game. That's more than Bernie Madoff will serve.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:38 a.m.

I'd agree - just for the sake of a laugh - but Madoff will never see the outside of a prison until he either dies or is too near death to make a difference. You see: Madoff's crime was against his Ruling Class clients - if he'd swindled ordinary people like he did our American Royalty, he'd already be out on probation.

K Thompson

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 12:38 a.m.

15 years? For a video game? Is this logical? Why not just small claims court? The cost of 15 yrs in prison to taxpayers? Priceless. I do not understand. If it's 15 yrs for breaking and entering, at least the story could be more clear instead of more sloppy &quot;journalism.&quot; What's left out of a a reporter's story never fails to astound me, because it shows how little investigation, research, clarification are done. What's so hard about explaining the precise terms of the charge? Oh, they'd have to look something up.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 5:23 a.m.

Robinson allegedly broke into someone's home, albeit dorm. If convicted of Home Invasion 2nd Degree, he could get probation or prison time with a max of 15 years.

Mush Room

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 12:06 a.m.

If he did this, he should be given a process for working his back into the good graces of the team. It took Sims at MSU over a year to complete his redemption, but he manged to do stellar work in class, lots of volunteer work and eventually was accepted back on the team. Kicking Robinson off the team permanently without offering a redemption path accomplishes nothing.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:53 p.m.

I kind of agree, but, if convicted he could end up spending time in jail. It will be interesting to see the full story when this goes to court.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:27 a.m.

It accomplishes the fact that the university will not tolerate this type behavior by the student/athlete.

Matt Patercsak

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 11:06 p.m.

Remove him from the team. He has absolutely not bought in to what it means to play football at the university of Michigan, what was he thinking?? and Nebraska week? you have got to be kidding me! any player who deliberately puts the team, the coach and the programs reputation at stake does not deserve to wear the winged helmet. standing in the way of a team trying to win a B1G 10 championship. i guess this is what &quot;three and out&quot; by John Bacon is talking about when it refers to Rich Rod and his incoming players struggling with the tradition and culture of Michigan football. this is shameful


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 10:30 p.m.

He needs to be kicked off the team. Stonum is already a stain.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 9:18 p.m.

It's arraigned down in District Court, need a civilian public attorney. I don't know the qualifications of some student services staff.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 8:20 p.m.

Why wouldn't he be represented by an attorney from U of M's Student Legal Services instead of a public defender?

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 7:53 p.m.

&quot;We are aware of the report,&quot; Brady Hoke, Mark Dantonio, Jim Tressel, Nick Saban, and Urban Myer said in a joint statement. &quot;We will let the legal process run its course, and we will not have any further comment until that time.&quot;

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 7:56 p.m.

when asked for a comment on the comment Pete Carrol said &quot;no comment, I'm focused on the Rams&quot;

Ty McGuire

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 7:39 p.m.

Once (as Hoke says) the legal process runs its course and the facts come out, it will be clear this is a misunderstanding. Unfortunately, the negative associations that come along w/ this have already done damage.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 7:29 p.m.

he'll take a lessor misdemeanor charge......then be eligible for MSU next year. He should fit right in. Tru2blu....He forced his way in...second degree no one was hurt or weapon was used.... I believe.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 2:15 a.m.

knotch: thanks, understood - appreciate yours and the others replying to my question. BTW: I notice you're using the Sturm Ruger emblem as your avatar. Nice touch. (I have a Ruger Super Blackhawk and Ruger Single Six - both dating back to 1966.)

K Thompson

Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 12:15 a.m.

Fit right in? MSU? The implications are vague, the point &amp; evidence are non-existent.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 10:15 p.m.

Zeeba, I was about to point out the fault in your thinking, but then remembered, at the college in AA, felons are aloud to remain a part of the program. After all the drinking and driving arrests, they need the felons to remain available to compete. In most colleges, and I believe all but 2 of the B1G colleges, felons are removed from a program. And his offense is a felony.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 9:18 p.m.

Why do that when he can plead to the full thing and be eligible for the OSU game in two weeks?


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 7:12 p.m.

Note to When reporting these things, we always notice them because they are athletes. Do you have any stats how often charges like these occur to non-athlete students? I commented on the shooting of the illinois player of bo's quote that nothing good happens after midnight. Maybe we should modify it to read: &quot;Nothing good happens outside of the Schembechler building, classroom, or own home&quot;. I hope 81Wolvie is right about this.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 6:14 p.m.

Could staff enlighten us: What is &quot;second degree home invasion?&quot; How is this crime distinct from trespass? I don't mean to be snarky but that term suggests that someone could invade a home - to &quot;some degree.&quot; This is bad news for Marvin Robinson if the charges stick. IF it turns out that way, I can't imagine Coach Hoke doing less than &quot;releasing&quot; him from the team.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 5:18 a.m.

I know of 4 previous U of M football players that were convicted of felonies. One was thrown off the team. Three were continued on the team.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 10:31 p.m.

Broke into a dorm room and robbed it.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

Right you are, Charlie Brown: <a href="" rel='nofollow'>;objectname=mcl-750-110a</a> Unarmed invasion, no one home, with intent to steal things. Hail, hail, to Michigan.

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 6:29 p.m.

I believe if a person is present in the dwelling, or if the invader is armed, it's first-degree, while an empty house and unarmed invader is second-degree. The definitions might also involve commission or intent to commit a felony while in the home.

Jim Knight

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 6:23 p.m.

Tru2Blue76: We should have more details soon.