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Green begins press conference with compassionate statement on Michigan State

30 January 2018

Parents of worldwide students - many of whom pay full-freight tuition - probably have less emotional attachment to Michigan State University than native Michiganders and could be more sensitive to unflattering reports about the university.

A Sunday ESPN E:60 special titled "Is Anyone Listening: Crisis at Michigan State" and subtitled "Spartan Secrets" revealed a culture of keeping sexual assault involving athletes under wraps, keeping victims quiet and athletes avoiding punishment.

Johnson, a Basketball Hall of Famer who led the Spartans to their first NCAA title in 1979, unleashed a tweetstorm in which the only person he identified by name was Tom Izzo, saying he wants to work with the longtime basketball coach "to be a part of the solution any way that I can". While Johnson stopped short of defending Izzo, he offered to help him and others who have influence at Michigan State.

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The comments from two top MI officials came days after Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young female athletes and amid growing public pressure to know what school officials knew and how they acted on abuse claims.

On Wednesday, hours after Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, MSU President Lou Anna Simon announced she is stepping down. Lindsey Lemke was one of Nassar's victims and spoke at his sentencing hearing.

Michigan State come under fire after reports that university employees were aware of Dr. Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of more than 140 women over two decades as a doctor for the school and USA Gymnastics.

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Nassar is now behind bars in Ingham County, but he won't be there for long - he must first serve a 60-year sentence for a child pornography conviction in federal prison. I'm here tonight to say that any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false. As noted by CNN, a recent ESPN investigation alleges that MSU officials have a pattern of burying reports of sexual assault.

Izzo was one of the principle subjects of the "Outside the Lines" investigation into allegations of crimes against women on Michigan State's campus. "None of the individuals involved in perpetuating this monstrous case of sexual abuse, whether directly or indirectly, should be rewarded with a position of authority". "We have always had high standards in this program, and that will never change". "When we're done we can't promise that everyone will like what we find, but we can promise we will do it right", he said.

He also criticized the MSU Board of Trustees' request for the Attorney General's office to review the events surrounding the Nassar case while acknowledging the board sought his involvement.

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Green begins press conference with compassionate statement on Michigan State