Cass Tech HS football star hit with potentially career-ending charges

Jayru Campbell1The Wayne County prosecutor today announced potentially career-ending charges against a Cass Tech High School star quarterback who was verbally committed to play Michigan State University football on what was certain to be a full scholarship.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the felony and misdemeanor assault charges were appropriate because of the nature of the attack.

Last month, 17-year-old Jayru Campbell body-slammed a security guard in the hallway of Cass Tech in Detroit. It was captured on video.

“The officer sustained a facial injury and an open wound to the head,” Worthy’s office said in a press release today. “The injured officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment.”

Some witnesses said the 23-year-old guard was taunting Campbell, forcing him to act in self-defense.

After the incident, the guard tweeted: “Slam me when i’m not looking, lol, pussy. Hit me when i’m looking at you…bet i whoop your ass. I got dropped and got right back up!”

Worthy said Campbell deserves no special treatment because he’s a football star.

“My message is this: It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, how fast you can run, how far you can throw a football, what instrument you play,” Worthy said. “The law applies to everyone.”

Former Police Chief Ralph Godbee, who also was a football star at Cass Tech, wrote an open letter to Campbell, after the incident. 

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.