The Michigan Wolverines dismissed senior Frank Clark on Monday after police arrested the starting defensive end on domestic violence charges in Ohio this weekend.
Clark, a native of Cleveland, was arrested in the early morning hours Sunday. He appeared on video conference in the Sandusky Municipal Court on Monday. He pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges and bail was set at $3,000. It is unknown if he posted.
“This is a tragic situation,” coach Brady Hoke said in a written statement. “Our student-athletes will be held accountable when their actions fail to meet the standard we have at Michigan. There is a legal process that will occur and we respect that process.”
Hoke called the report “unacceptable” in a news conference and said he doesn’t want his program to be associated with those types of allegations. Hoke said he has not yet had a chance to speak to Clark, but looks forward to doing so in the future.
He said he first heard about Clark’s arrest Sunday morning and spent the next 24 hours collecting as much information as he could before making the decision to dismiss Clark.
Hoke said he speaks to the team regularly about domestic abuse.
“I’ve told our guys since Day 1 that it won’t be tolerated,” he said. “It won’t be tolerated in this program. I have a daughter who is 29. I have a wife. I have two sisters. That’s always been probably one of the first things I talk about with our teams at least a couple times a year.”
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