Magic Johnson Weighs In On Michigan State Sexual Assault Scandal

Lou Anna K. Simon

Lou Anna K. Simon

Michigan State University (MSU) on Friday accepted the resignation of its president over the university's failure to stand up for victims of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused young athletes for more than two decades.

The investigation is being led by independent special prosecutor and retired Kent County prosecutor William Forsyth, with investigative support and assistance from the Michigan State Police.

At a news conference, Schuette explained that the investigation will cover every inch of MSU, elaborating that "no individual and no department at Michigan State University is off-limits". A team of investigators will look at "who knew what and when, who took action, who failed to take action, what did or did not happen, and what should have happened", he added.

In a series of tweets Monday morning, Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, offered their support to victims at Michigan State while Johnson called for the firings of those who knew about the cases of sexual assault and "didn't say or do anything about it". There is no timeline for the inquiry.

Before the release of an last week that detailed and questioned the school's handling of numerous sexual assault and domestic violence accusations against Michigan State football and basketball players, athletic director Mark Hollis resigned.

"What's got Michigan State in some trouble here is the sense that they withheld certain information", Forsyth said.


Last week, 156 women and girls who are survivors of Nassar's abuse, shared emotional stories during his sentencing hearing in Ingham County.

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.

Wytrice Harris is the mother of Imani Harris, an 18-year-old senior at Detroit's Renaissance High School who is considering Michigan State as one of her top two college choices. Parents of global 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.

Schuette named Forsyth, a former county prosecutor in MI, the special counsel dedicated to this investigation at a news conference Saturday. "We cannot change the past, but we can and will devote our time and resources to foster healing and move forward together".

Tom Izzo, the longtime head coach of the Spartans' men's basketball team, is among several people accused of standing pat despite knowing of sexual crimes committed by his players, namely Keith Appling and Adreian Payne. "We have always had high standards in this program, and that will never change".

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