By Brian Murphy
Second-year Idaho State football coach Mike Kramer is under investigation by the school and the Pocatello police for pushing wide receiver Derek Graves during an Oct. 3 practice.
The story was first reported by ESPN's "Outside the Lines," which obtained practice video.
Graves has not practiced since the incident and has not been cleared by doctors to participate, his Alabama-based lawyer Don Jackson told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday. Jackson said Graves underwent an MRI several days ago. Jackson said Graves has suffered from numbness in his fingertips and back spasms.
The segment aired on ESPN on Wednesday afternoon.
Jackson said he expects to hear from the police and university within a few days.
"Look at this videotape. The investigation should take all of five seconds," Jackson said.
Jackson said he was contacted by Graves' family members.
"I would like for the police department and a local prosecutor to make the determination on the facts of this case. If they don’t believe (it warrants prosecution), we’ll be comfortable with that. But then you got to explain to the next student that is shoved in the chest by another student as to how that situation is different than this one," Jackson said.
Jackson said it was "way premature" to discuss a civil lawsuit against Idaho State.
Idaho State issued the following comment when asked about the incident by the Idaho Statesman:
"Upon learning of the incident, Idaho State University immediately launched an investigation into the matter involving Derek Graves and coach Mike Kramer. We are still in the midst of conducting a thorough investigation.
"Idaho State University takes this matter very seriously and owes it to all parties involved and our constituents to thoroughly investigate the situation in a fair and balanced manner.
"Because this is also a personnel matter and still an active investigation, the University can offer no further comment."
University assistant athletic director Steve Schaack told The Associated Press that Kramer will coach Saturday when the Bengals play at Northern Colorado.
In four games this season, Graves has 36 catches for 306 yards and one touchdowns. He had 15 catches in each of the Bengals' first two games. Graves has not played in a game since the Oct. 3 incident.
"I've seen Kramer get in guys' faces and curse them, but never saw him do anything like this or put his hands on anyone," Graves told Outside the Lines. "I was humiliated at the moment. If I retaliate, I could lose my senior season. If I didn't do anything, I would look like a punk. It was a no-win situation."
In 1995, Kramer, then head coach at Eastern Washington, was accused of slapping a player. Kramer denied it.
Kramer is 3-14 as the Bengals' coach. Kramer is 80-89 as a head coach at Eastern Washington, Montana State and Idaho State.