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Posted on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Michigan WR Jerald Robinson pleads guilty to misdemeanor property destruction charge

By Kyle Meinke


Starting receiver candidate Jerald Robinson pleaded guilty to a destruction of property charge Monday, just in time for the start of fall camp.

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Michigan football receiver Jerald Robinson pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor destruction of property charge in Ann Arbor's 15th District Court, according to court records.

Robinson damaged a gate at a Fifth Avenue parking structure in Ann Arbor earlier this year. He agreed to plead guilty to the incident under the Holmes Youthful Training Act, which is a guilty plea without a conviction, according to the Detroit Free Press.

That means if he doesn't violate probation, the incident won't appear on his record.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18, according to the Free Press.

Robinson, a sophomore from Canton, Ohio, is considered the leader to be named Michigan's third starting receiver this season. He has yet to record a catch in his career.

Michigan opens its preseason camp Monday with a practice at 4 p.m. Robinson has not missed practice time and is expected to be eligible to participate in the workout.

Starting tailback Fitz Toussaint (drunken driving) and defensive end Frank Clark (second-degree home invasion) remain suspended. It is unknown whether they will practice.

Coach Brady Hoke is expected to address the media at 6 p.m. Monday.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

Yet another UM football player arrested for a criminal act. Where does it end? Can't Michigan recruit responsible football players?


Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 7:04 a.m.

Should these thugees (Asian Indian for thugs) be Michigan Men? I think not. If they have DREAMS of NFL employment, encourage them to TRANSFER to some other school. Univ Mich does not need them! Come On yins old "Go Blues." Is this sort of player we want to represent our team? Draw the line in the sand! TELL the Coach that these kind of players will not be tolerated on our team!


Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 3:05 a.m.

Should be.... Will Campbell...Non-Malicous...No suspension Fitz Tousaint...Non-Malicous....No suspension Josh Furman...Malicous ...kick off team Jerald Robinson...Malicous....kick off team Frank Clark...Malicous....kick off team Which means we would get 3 scolorships opening up.


Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 4:30 a.m.

I agree. Your emphasis on intent is important. But a DUI is serious. Don't know about no games sitting out for Fitz. Campbell's offense was truly non-malicious and he wasn't endangering anyone. Definitely no suspension.


Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 3:03 a.m.

Nice that he was able to plead guilty and get back before practice started. Wonder if he parked on the street or in the garage?

Blue Marker

Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 1:01 p.m.

Kind of like Glen Winston leaving prison for assault (on another student that he hospitalized with head injuries) and joining his Spraty buddies for practice. Shall I go on?

Ron Granger

Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 7:44 p.m.

How about less destruction of property, and more destruction of Ohio.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

Wow, so has no one in these posts eve done something dumb when they were young? If so keep commenting. I know I've made mistakes and they're still very young men. And going to court over sliding on a car hood or breaking a parking gate is very very small potatoes. The DUI and home invasion are a little more serious, by a bit. But let's take a look at sec teams and their troubles: domestic battery, assaults, rapes. Being onthe legal system is by no means excusable, but they're still young men learning and there could be much much worse things they're getting in trouble for. I'd rather not have anyone on our team in legal trouble, but I'll take sliding on a car hood dukes of hazard style over assaulting another person or beating on a girlfriend.


Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 4:25 a.m.

I'd hate to see Michigan ever become like the SEC or Ohio state. it's a slippery slope. If Hoke starts giving guys a pass on DUI's, theft, and destruction of public and private property than your going to start having the assaults and worse. If Stonum taught us anything it's that some guys just keep doing the same things over and over again.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 9:11 p.m.

There's a difference between dumb behavior and criminal behavior. I and many friends from college behaved "dumb" many times, yet I do not recall any of us ever getting arrested, damaging property, or anything like that. Add to that the fact that these people are on scholarship--which is a reward of sorts (and a debt relieving biggie). That to me warrants a trade-off in that these recipients must behave in a manner worthy of this reward. That doesn't mean they can't make mistakes. Humans make mistakes. But criminal behavior? Beating somebody to a bloody pulp (as happened a few years ago by a hockey player)? There is a standard which must be met, or lose the scholarship and privilege of playing M football. The scholarship is not a free pass. Yes, the school benefits financially and with wins by these players, but the players benefit a great deal by access to the university, the facilities, the food, uniforms, shoes, travel, NO DEBT, classes, exposure, etc. And there must be a higher expectation.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 7:49 p.m.

Nic, Michigan prides itself on having higher standards than the average school so the "everybody's doing it" excuse doesn't cut it at U-M. I'm glad Coach Hoke believes in higher standards of conduct than those that exist in other conferences. Nobody's perfect and people make mistakes every day ---just don't repeat them because it hurts the player involved and ultimately hurts the team. If the player really cares about the team, he won't commit criminal acts -- period. That's my view.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Young Jerry doesn't seem ready to take on the responsibility of being a leader at the University of Michigan. Since he has yet to catch a pass, the question as to whether he can fit in must be answered. He came in ranked 21st according to Rivals in the state of Ohio which doesn't overly impress me. He was ranked 48th best receiver in the nation which doesn't tell us much either. Is he worth the time, embarrassment, effort, and love to develop into something special? It appears Mr. Robinson should be taking anger management classes. Obviously, he has learned from experience on how to be a gate crasher. Let's hope Michigan manages to get something significant in return for all his wasted energy.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 5:54 p.m.

I wonder where the coaching staff draws the line between behavioral problems that constitute a suspension the ones don't. Some of these players can't seem to understand the golden opportunity they have been presented to get a great education, possibly become a pro, and be part of a storied football tradition and a quality university that few other places can offer. Still, some players can't seem to keep from tripping over themselves during their idle time. It must be because they lack self-discipline in their lives or something to that effect. Hopefully, this sort of thing won't happen now that fall practice is here and they will be too tired from all the hard work they will be putting in. What's the old saying about idle hands being the Devil's workshop?


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 8:46 p.m.

That is correct. Being a part of the Michigan program is an opportunity that others only dream about. I had a childhood friend who was a stellar athlete. He played halfback and tailback - leading the nation two years in rushing yards. He also was All-American twice and MVP in the Blue-Grey game. The problem was, he played for Iowa State, a mediocre football program. However, he lead the Cyclones to the first victory over Oklahoma in 31 years. All in all, his numbers exceeded Denard Robinson's in rushing and passing - but, Michigan Mystique makes the difference. That friend was Dave Hoppman. His high school team mate, whom I also know, Pat Richter, played for Wisconsin - not as big as Michigan, but a lot better than a little Big 8 school at the time - especially with two Rose Bowl outings. Being at Michigan as a player has always been an honor, and it will continue to be. It's stupid to throw it away by childish behavior.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

Kyle can now put it on his resume that he has been both a sports reporter and worked the crime beat.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

Why would one damage a gate at the fifth avenue parking structure?


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

I may be confusing this with something else, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that it was where he had returned to the garage to retrieve his car after the garage had closed for the night.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 5:10 p.m.

human league - human


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 4:04 p.m.

An MDOP for damaging a car trying to slide over the hood, a DUI, an MDOP to a parking gate, and a home invasion. I am starting to become a bit concerned over behavior issues that end up in criminal court. I do not want to hear chants of "Jail house Blues," at away games.


Mon, Aug 6, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

considering there is apparently no penalty for his actions...