Sturges speaks out about Winston's reinstatement

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

In case you missed it from Thursday, Michigan State hockey player A.J. Sturges made his first public comments regarding the altercation last October that left him with a fractured skull and sent Spartans football player Glenn Winston to jail for assault.

In a statement released first to ESPN.com and later to Michigan State beat writers, Sturges urged Michigan State to have a clearer policy on handling athletes convicted of violent crimes.

Michigan State reinstated Winston on Monday, the day he was released from jail after serving about four months for misdemeanor assault. Winston also returned to the practice field Monday as the Spartans opened camp. Winston, who witnesses say struck Sturges and several others during the Oct. 19 incident, was suspended for four of the Spartans' final five games last fall and didn't participate in team activities for more than seven months.

You can read Sturges' full statement here.

Michigan State declined to comment on Sturges' statement after I provided the school with copies.

"There is no new information provided in [Sturges'] statement that wasn't already taken into consideration [before Winston's reinstatement]," associate athletic director for communications John Lewandowski told ESPN.com. "We're moving forward."

Head coach Mark Dantonio and athletic director Mark Hollis issued statements Monday after Winston was reinstated.