MSU’s Story suspended following arrest

Michael Story

Staff Writer

Mississippi State junior offensive lineman Michael Story has been suspended indefinitely from the football team following a weekend arrest for a misdemeanor charge of aggravated cruelty to a cat or dog.

MSU confirmed Wednesday that Story was suspended and head coach Joe Moorhead addressed the situation following the team's scrimmage on Wednesday night.

"We were made aware of the incident on Saturday morning," Moorhead said. "I imposed an immediate indefinite suspension on Michael. He hasn't practiced with the team since Saturday."

According to documents obtained by the Starkville Daily News from the City of Starkville Municipal Court, Story was arrested on Saturday at an apartment on Lynn Lane.

According to the documents, Story is accused of “willfully and knowingly with malice” intentionally torturing a male Great Dane by the name of Kodak. Story allegedly shut Kodak in the back room of his apartment and did not feed or water the dog from Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Saturday, Aug. 18. Story later stated that Kodak had been in the bedroom of the apartment for roughly a week.

Story, a Ripley native, has been slated to be a key piece of MSU’s offensive line in 2018, likely in a backup guard role. Story has appeared in 14 career games for the Bulldogs, including two starts. Both of Story’s starts came at left guard.

Moorhead said it is important that the players understand there are certain standards he expects within the program.

"We talk to our team all of the time about our decision-making and conduct off the field and certainly that's something we stress every day," Moorhead said.

(Starkville Daily News sports editor Danny P. Smith contributed to this report.)