Former Michigan player Elysee Mbem-Bosse has apologized to Jim Harbaugh.
Fortunately, the sordid conflict between former Michigan linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh appear to have taken a turn away from violence. The former Wolverine took to Twitter today to apologize for threats made against his former coach in recent weeks.
Mbem-Bosse didn’t apologize or all of his accusations against the school and its football program, but he did “apologize fully” for the various threats he made against Harbaugh’s safety. The Michigan coach referred to the threats as a “serious matter” in interviews last week.
This is nothing that should be immediately dismissed as a scorned player. There is a heightened awareness concerning what is said on social media. They are not just words. They are words that can have violent ends and deadly consequences.
Now, Mbem-Bosse is turning his attention towards finding a new place to resume his football career. His high-profile conflict with Harbaugh and Michigan will likely suppress a lot of interest in his services. Any football program that wants to take a chance on Mbem-Bosse’s talent will want to conduct a thorough review of his mental state before allowing him to enroll at their school.
Hopefully, the young man can use this entire ordeal as a learning experience. Venting his frustrations with the Michigan program via a public medium like Twitter was a bad decision. Elevating the entire affair to a potential criminal matter was something that might haunt him for years to come.
The good news here is that Mbem-Bosse no longer seems to be a threat to Harbaugh or anyone else at Michigan. He may still have strong negative feelings about the program and how it treated him, but the removal of violence from potential scenarios is an encouraging development for everyone involved.