By now, you’ve heard the news that former Michigan State football cornerback Jermaine Edmondson is suing MSU basketball legend and NBA superstar Draymond Green for slapping him in the face outside an East Lansing bar (on his birthday, nonetheless.) He’s garnered a lot of hate from the Spartan community—he’s long gone from the team, as this debacle essentially ruined his MSU career—but it hasn’t always been this way.
Jermaine Edmondson came in to Michigan State as a nice recruit, fielding offers from four Big Ten schools before eventually choosing the Spartans. Recruited by Pat Narduzzi, he was poised to continue the tradition of the No Fly Zone started by former Spartans Darqueze Dennard & Co.
His career at Michigan State never truly materialized, although he did have some moments of glory. He participated and notched one tackle in MSU’s Rose Bowl victory in the 2013-2014 campaign during his freshman year. His next season didn’t show much improvement, as he only recorded eight tackles as opposed to his six the year prior. He also played 11 games that season instead of 13 in his freshman campaign.
His junior year, which would end up being his last at MSU, was by far his best. He helped the Spartans reach the College Football Playoff by recording 24 tackles and accounting for three pass breakups. They’re modest numbers, but still numbers that show true contribution to a great team.
While it may be under the radar, his greatest moment as a Spartan came in the shadow of Jalen Watts-Jackson. On the timeless play against Michigan in which Watts-Jackson recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown as time expired to beat the Wolverines 27-23, Watts-Jackson needed but one block to secure his touchdown – the touchdown wasn’t guaranteed until this block was made.
Who made the crucial block? You guessed it.
Look for number 39. That’s Edmondson making the block that saved the touchdown on the most legendary play in Michigan State football history.
Fast forward six months, and it’s Edmondson’s birthday. No one knows the total details of what happens, but somewhere in the midst of his birthday celebration, Draymond Green showed up, and eventually slaps Edmondson in the face. A few days go by, and Edmondson’s off the football team (note: don’t mess with an MSU legend, it will ruin your repertoire around campus.) He actually had a chance to be an impact player his senior year (something the MSU secondary most definitely could have used), but that opportunity was squandered. And thus concluded an underwhelming Spartan career.
Now, Spartan fans are pretty loving. For the most part, the fan base will support their players through the good or bad. But things got ugly when Edmondson decided to press charges against Green. The Spartan community felt betrayed, and their attitudes started to turn sour.
This week, Edmondson decided he was going to sue Draymond Green for personal damages. With a smirk on his face, the video shows Edmondson complaining that he wakes up every day and can still feel Draymond’s hand against his jaw. I can’t even explain the way he presented the information properly, it’s something you’ll just have to watch yourself.
In light of this video, Edmondson has drawn immense criticism from Spartan faithful. Now, not only are Spartan fans ragging on him but former teammates and other Spartan athletes.
When former close teammates are ragging on your life decisions, you know you made a major misstep. Here are some responses from the community:
"I can still fill his hand on my jaw" pic.twitter.com/Mf16VH51sH
— Branden Dawson (@whynot_22) July 25, 2017
This one from a former teammate and roommate of Jermaine Edmondson…
This is ridiculous. https://t.co/BI5yDezs1n
— Taiwan Jones (@TJ_Spartan34) July 25, 2017
"I still feel his hand on my jaw" 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/uEFz0OH9iT
— Jamal Lyles (@Jamal_Lyles) July 26, 2017
Can't say I'm surprised that he's trying to take the easy road in life. This is not how a real Spartan deals with his problems. https://t.co/nZgk96qRTT
— Taybor Pepper (@TayborSnapping) July 26, 2017
To recap: Edmondson went from a prized recruit in the Narduzzi era, to an under-performing defensive back, to a defensive back with promise for his senior year, to quitting the team and eventually, being a scapegoat for the entire Michigan State community. What a fall from grace.
Here’s to hoping that future Spartans can stay loyal to their school and their fellow athletes instead of trying to milk successful, rich athletes for money.