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Michigan football captain Mazi Smith facing felony gun charges

Anthony Broome12/01/22
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Michigan linemen Mazi Smith and Mike Morris
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Michigan football captain and defensive tackle Mazi Smith is facing a felony gun charge that was filed on Nov. 30, according to Washtenaw County Court records. The incident took place on Oct. 7, according to records.

Smith has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and is represented by Ann Arbor attorney John Shea. The felony charge is punishable for up to five years in prison or a fine for up to $2,500. No known reason for the timeline of the charge or why he has not been disciplined have been revealed.

Here is the charge that was filed:

750.227 Concealed weapons; carrying; penalty.

Sec. 227.

(1) A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double-edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length, or any other dangerous weapon, except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such, concealed on or about his or her person, or whether concealed or otherwise in any vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business or on other land possessed by the person.
(2) A person shall not carry a pistol concealed on or about his or her person, or, whether concealed or otherwise, in a vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person, without a license to carry the pistol as provided by law and if licensed, shall not carry the pistol in a place or manner inconsistent with any restrictions upon such license.
(3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or by a fine of not more than $2,500.00.

Details of the incident were not readily available, nor was a comment from the Michigan football program. Smith traveled and played in the game at Indiana the following day at Indiana and has not missed a contest this season for the Wolverines.

Smith and the Wolverines are currently preparing for Michigan’s Big Ten Championship game appearance against Purdue on Saturday night in Indianapolis. He had 44 total tackles and 1 sack this season.

Saturday night’s Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis kicks off at 8:17 p.m. ET on FOX.