At a news conference Friday, Howard said the car belonged to the athletic director's son, Evan Manuel, who is a student manager, the MLive reported.
Michigan officials announced Simpson's suspension Jan. 27, the MLive reported, and the senior sat out the Wolverines' game against Nebraska. Howard told reporters Simpson had violated a team policy but did not elaborate.
“That right there was something that he’s aware of, as well as all his other teammates. Being out at that time of the evening is not acceptable,” Howard said Friday. “We all have those type of rules that we have to abide by. That was something that I was not happy with at all whatsoever. I felt it was important that no matter who you are — if you’re my best player or the 15th player — there are rules that you have to respect.”
The Toyota RAV4 Simpson wrecked belonged to Chrislan Manuel, Warde Manuel's wife, according to The Detroit News. Howard said the reason Simpson had the car was "personal."
“Actually that’s personal,” Howard told reporters. “That’s not something I think where it’s important for me to say whose car he should drive. That’s more where Zavier as well as the person whose car he’s driving, that’s a personal matter between those two individuals.”