University of Michigan police investigating after former linebacker ‘threatens’ coach Jim Harbaugh with a series of disturbing tweets

Authorities in Michigan are investigating a series of threatening tweets allegedly made by a college football player against his former coach.

The police department at the University of Michigan is examining a series of tweets from an account that belongs to former Wolverines linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse.

The threatening tweets dated April 16 appear to be aimed at Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines football coach, NESN reported.

The investigation began when a Reddit user took screenshots of the now-deleted tweets – many of which are profane.

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Jim Harbaugh

Authorities in Michigan are investigating a series of threatening tweets allegedly made by a college football player, Elysee Mbem-Bosse (left), against his former coach, University of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh (right)

In the tweets, Mbem-Bosse expresses anger over Harbaugh’s decision to suspend him last season after he left the team to tend to a ‘family crisis.’ Mbem-Bosse is seen above during a game in this undated file photo

In the tweets, Mbem-Bosse expresses anger over Harbaugh’s decision to suspend him last season after he left the team to tend to a ‘family crisis.’ Mbem-Bosse is seen above during a game in this undated file photo

In the tweets, Mbem-Bosse expresses anger over Harbaugh’s decision to suspend him last season after he left the team to tend to a ‘family crisis.’

One tweet read: ‘And was suspended for going to take care of my family. You f***ing [clown].’

That tweet included the hashtag of Harbaugh’s Twitter account.

Another tweet read: ‘Let’s not have a murder case On your hands.’

One tweet read: ‘And was suspended for going to take care of my family. You f***ing [clown]’

One tweet read: ‘And was suspended for going to take care of my family. You f***ing [clown]’

‘Dead and alive,’ read another tweet.

In perhaps the most chilling tweet, Mbem-Bosse posted: ‘Michigan is open carry. Let’s not forget. Not your friend.

‘They sent someone to my crib before. I was nice enough to call the cops next time I’m calling the morgue. I’m talking with facts.’

Those tweets were later deleted. Mbem-Bosse also changed the privacy setting of his Twitter account.

On Sunday, he posted a statement.

‘I’m the midst of everything going on in this country this situation has been very hard on me mentally, physically, and emotionally,’ he writes.

‘In November, I was kicked off the team at Michigan with no explanation why with no timetable for return.

‘With a family depending on me and the game I love being taken away I constantly made efforts to get in contact with the university to talk about my role with the program.

‘After numerous efforts I was giving multiple to contact and nobody returned my calls.

‘I take full responsibility for the tweets I made regarding the safety of Coach Harbaugh which I apologize fully for but being harassed by the university police and being told I’m mentally ill without proper evaluation is against my civil right…

‘At the end of the day I want to play football!’

Mbem-Bosse on Saturday posted a screenshot of a notice he received from a Michigan probate court which summarized the results of a a psychiatric evaluation.

The notice indicates that a doctor has officially stated his belief that Mbem-Bosse is ‘mentally ill.’

‘In November, I was kicked off the team at Michigan with no explanation why with no timetable for return,' Mbem-Bosse said in a statement he posted to his Twitter account on Saturday

‘In November, I was kicked off the team at Michigan with no explanation why with no timetable for return,’ Mbem-Bosse said in a statement he posted to his Twitter account on Saturday

The notice states that the evaluation took place on Thursday, April 19.

In the tweet, Mbem-Bosse was angry at Harbaugh.

‘Let’s get honest what type of Mafia work is this? Unbelievable the extent men will go just to cover up their mistakes and flaws,’ the former linebacker tweeted at Harbaugh.

Mbem-Bosse’s Twitter account also shows tweets from Wednesday in which he is once again trying to get Harbaugh’s attention.

‘What’s my status on the team?’ he tweeted at Harbaugh.

In another tweet, he says to Harbaugh: ‘Hope you did everything the right way.’

The university’s athletic director, Warde Manuel, told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday that Mbem-Bosse is still enrolled at the school.

Mbem-Bosse on Saturday posted a screenshot of a notice he received from a Michigan probate court which summarized the results of a a psychiatric evaluation. The notice indicates that a doctor has officially stated his belief that Mbem-Bosse is ‘mentally ill’

Mbem-Bosse on Saturday posted a screenshot of a notice he received from a Michigan probate court which summarized the results of a a psychiatric evaluation. The notice indicates that a doctor has officially stated his belief that Mbem-Bosse is ‘mentally ill’

He refused to comment on the investigation, though he said he is ‘always concerned with anything that pops up about a threat and also concerned about him and where he is as a student.’

Manuel said: ‘We care about all of the student-athletes we have, whether or not they are on the team currently or not. And so, both concerned on all ends. We’re working on it, everybody in the university that needs to be around this to try to resolve it. We’ll continue to do that.’ 

Michigan is also refusing to comment on what prompted school officials to remove Mbem-Bosse from the team. 

Harbaugh recruited Mbem-Bosse, a linebacker from Ellenwood, Georgia, in 2016.

He played seven games for the Wolverines as a freshman. During his sophomore year in 2017, he played in four games.

Mbem-Bosse’s last on-field appearance with the team was a win at Maryland on November 11. 

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