The NCAA has opened an investigation looking into how Michigan State handled Larry Nassar. The NCAA has requested “information from Michigan State about any potential rules violations,” according to the New York Times.
Nassar, who is currently on trial for sexually abusing hundreds of female athletes, worked as a doctor of sports medicine at Michigan State for over 20 years. Much of his trial has centered around McKayla Maroney and Nassar’s role with USA Gymnastics, but many have wondered about how much Michigan State knew about his actions.
Now, Michigan State will be forced to prove they were unaware of Nassar’s predatory behavior when he was employed at the university. Employees at the school have denied knowing about Nassar’s abuse, but reports have emerged of at least 14 former athletes alerting the school about Nassar. The school responded by doing nothing.
Michigan State came under fire again for its handling of Nassar on Tuesday after a trustee waved off the Nassar trial, saying the Board of Trustees had spent just “10 minutes” talking about “this Nassar thing.”
That trustee, Joel Ferguson, was asked whether he was concerned if the NCAA would get involved in the situation during a radio interview. Ferguson responded by laughing, and then said:
“To do what? This is not Penn State. They were dealing with their football program. They’re smart enough to know they’re not competent to walk in here on this.”
Hours later, the NCAA formally opened their investigation.
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