Tom Izzo Reacts To Former MSU Star Keith Appling Being Charged With Murder

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Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo opened up about his former star player, Keith Appling, being charged with murder last month

The sports world was shocked to hear that former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling had been charged with the murder of an extended family member last month.

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Appling played for Tom Izzo’s Spartans from 2010-2014 and was named a team captain. Following his arrest, Izzo spoke on how he viewed the allegations. The legendary coach admitted that the optics are ‘not great’.

“I’m trying to reserve, trying not to do what the world does and make him guilty until he’s proven it,” Tom Izzo said, per the Detroit Free Press. “And yet, everything I hear, it’s not great.”


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According to the police report, Keith Appling and his mothers’ cousin, Clyde Edmonds, got into an argument involving a handgun. As things got heated, Appling allegedly started shooting. Clyde Edmonds was pronounced dead later that day.

Keith Appling had been in trouble with the law in the past. In 2020, he was placed on probation for a drug case. He has also been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting police.

Tom Izzo said he was trying to help the troubled Appling prior to this arrest.

“I hope and pray to God that it’s not true,” Tom Izzo said. “But I have no knowledge of anything, except that I was trying to help him get back on track, as were more than a few other people.”


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