This should end well.

“We are always mindful of the voices around college athletics,” Remy said. “and we strive to do the right thing.”

The NCAA has formally opened an investigation into how Michigan State handled Lawrence G. Nassar’s serial sexual assault of female athletes.  Why do I have the feeling this is more about Mark Emmert’s ego responding to the obvious comparison of this situation to his epic mishandling of Penn State in the Sandusky matter than about possible violations of organizational bylaws?  Speaking of which, why should anyone expect Emmert to do any better the second time around?

I ask none of this because I think the MSU administration is beyond reproach.  Quite the contrary.  But I fear we’re about to be reminded again how ill-equipped Mark Emmert is to dispense meaningful justice within the confines of established rules and procedures.  Not that he’s likely to care.

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13 responses to “This should end well.

  1. Tim in Sav

    Senator, I’m not a lawyer but why do these schools have purvey over these types of cases rather than Law Enforcement?

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    • I don’t know that they do. Remember, the higher ups at Penn State were subjected to the criminal justice system, as Sandusky was.

      Emmert simply wanted to stick his nose in what happened there and I certainly question his motives with regard to what’s happening at MSU.

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    • gastr1

      They don’t, but as harassment and grievance claims most often do not rise to the level of illegality, all of these issues first go through the university’s own HR and other investigation processes, then through administration if there’s recommendation of censure of a student/faculty/staff. It’s when law enforcement is not notified (because the university would rather cover it up) that result in situations such as this, Penn State, Baylor, etc.

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  2. Scarlett Johansson

    Emmett isn’t the Commisioner of the NCAA. He isn’t supposed to dispense justice. To the extent the NCAA has any involvement at all there is a disciplinary system in place and that is what is supposed to investigate and ultimately dispense justice.

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  3. Governor Milledge

    There’s probably a strong parallel between Mich State and the Baylor sexual assault cover-ups. Based on the NYTimes article, there’s a strong possibility of Title IX/failure to report incidents with the Mich State student athletes.

    Based on the scope (over 140 women speaking at the sentencing hearing), it also suggests the higher-ups likely had some knowledge of the doctor’s heinous actions yet failed to do anything (mandatory reporter situation, which resulted in PSU administrators’ criminal convictions). With the scope of alleged abuses, when there’s smoke there most definitely is fire.

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    • Cojones

      Yesterday I heard for the first time that the woman they reported their abuse to didn’t inform the Pres. of MSU. If that is true, then that person should be prosecuted as well and it opens MSU to umpteen lawsuits.

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  4. 69Dawg

    One slight difference here is that the alleged violations were against student-athletes. If anything this could give the NCAA some jurisdiction to work with. The guy is going away for life for this but it remains to be seen who knew about it and when did they know. It depends on the prosecutors and how far they want the stink to be smelled.

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    • This is a big difference from Penn State. I’m not making any excuses for what happened there, but there is a difference. The fact that MSU student-athletes were subject to this cretin probably does give that asshat Emmert and his enforcement arm some jurisdiction over this.

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  5. PatinDC

    This whole event makes me ill.

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