Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Former Michigan State AD: ESPN report had 'incomplete and misleading statements'

Former Michigan State AD: ESPN report had 'incomplete and misleading statements'

A Michigan State walk-on has been under investigation for criminal sexual conduct since early in the 2017-18 school year, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported. He signed a six-year contract in 2016 with the built-in condition that one year is added to it on an annual basis. According to reporters at Friday's board meeting in East Lansing, the trustees did not discuss the contract at any length before approving the regularly scheduled extension. Had the board not approved this year's extension, Dantonio still would have been under contract through 2023. In his message, Hollis said that parts of ESPN's report - which outlined a culture of mishandled assault allegations throughout the Michigan State athletic department - were "incomplete and misleading".

He has suited up for every game this season for No. 2-ranked Michigan State, but hasn't played.

The revelation comes as the Michigan State athletic department faces increased scrutiny over sexual misconduct. "I've always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with sexual assault". Lavigne and Nicole Noren reported late last month that the Spartans football and men's basketball programs had also failed to properly deal with sexual assault allegations against their players. Dantonio addressed the report during a brief news conference the day it was published. The players - Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance - were eventually charged with crimes and dismissed from the team on the day they were charged.

Former Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has joined other Michigan State administrators and coaches in calling into question the accuracy of an ESPN report about sexual assault at Michigan State.

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