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Michigan Wolverines Star Mazi Smith Facing Weapons Charge

Written by Tony Ghaul

Michigan football senior defensive tackle Mazi Smith may face a felony weapons charge for carrying a concealed weapon in early October, according to multiple sources.

The alleged offense occurred Oct. 7, but the charges were not filed until Nov. 30 in the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The charges are punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years or by a fine not more than $2,500.

A complaint was not filed until late November, Washtenaw County 15th District court records said, with no recorded reason as to why it took two months to file. The 21-year-old will be represented by Ann Arbor Attorney John A. Shea.

Under Michigan state law, it is illegal to carry what is considered a “dangerous weapon” or “a firearm concealed on or about your person or in a vehicle (concealed or otherwise) unless licensed to do so.” Michigan does have a concealed pistol license that allows individuals to carry a firearm should they meet certain requirements.

Smith started in every one of Michigan’s 12 games this season before the potential charges, registering 21 solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback hit.

Smith is ranked as a top-five defensive tackle in the upcoming NFL draft by ESPN NFL draft insiders Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

Michigan DT Mazi Smith. Photo courtsey of The Athletic

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