Michigan State, athletic department slammed in explosive ESPN report

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ESPN aired a special edition of E:60 on Sunday morning with details from Outside The Lines reporting on how Michigan State University handled the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal and the alleged rape culture at the school, which included allegations involving the football and men's basketball programs.

A Lansing State Journal report published Friday accused the university of withholding information about an investigation it conducted into Nassar's behavior following a 2014 complaint because it could open the school to lawsuits.

"The breadth and ripple of this defendant's abuse and destruction is almost infinite", Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said in her remarks before the sentencing.

Michigan State officials, including former president Lou Anna Simon - who resigned Wednesday - have been criticized for a lack of transparency and for not properly handling the Nassar sexual abuse allegations. "This investigation is and will continue to be independent, it will be thorough, it will be transparent, and it will be prompt".

In her 19 January statement, Simon said the FBI and MSU Police Department conducted a joint investigation earlier this year into whether any MSU employee engaged in criminal conduct relating to Nassars actions and no charges were filed. The trend continued on Friday, January 26, as MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis stepped down, saying that "there is so much pain and so much healing that needs to be done". Allswede, we left her position in 2015, claims the school's AD Mark Hollis and sometimes MSU coaches were the ones that handled accusations.

Forsyth will work full time on the investigation.

"If we have learned anything from the Nassar sentencing, too many voices of too many victims were unheard".

"I've just signed your death warrant", Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom.

Also Friday, USA Gymnastics confirmed that its entire board of directors would resign as requested by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

John Barr and Dan Murphy of ESPN The Magazine spoke with several former MSU student-athletes who said they reported Nassar's actions to the school faculty in the 1990s.

Michigan State's Board of Trustees asked for Schuette to investigate.

Breslin also called on Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to announce his investigation into how the Nassar situation as soon as possible, but asked him to consider appointing a neutral, independent party to avoid any possible political influence. Allswede said Saturday that its contents could be made public. "We've been here 11 years - it has not happened previously".

The MSU board announced on Friday that its vice-president, Bill Beekman, would serve as acting president until an interim president and then a permanent president is appointed.

A spokeswoman for Snyder said the governor is studying whether the potential inquiry could interfere with other investigations.

"We are going to put a bright light, we will put a bright light at every corner of the University", said Schuette. "They don't appear to see the women as anything more than a number, or anything other than a threat to their reputation", she wrote. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is also investigating the scandal.

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