NCAA prez warned of Michigan State sexual assault problem in 2010

Katrina Barker
January 30, 2018

NCAA President Mark Emmert says sexual assault cases involving Michigan State athletes referenced in a letter sent by an advocacy group in 2010 were "widely reported" and already being investigated by law enforcement and the school.

It was during that face-to-face meeting that Redmond even told Emmert about her concerns with Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon, who just resigned.

Though the NCAA has announced its intention to open an investigation into Michigan State's athletic department, it remains unclear what exactly the purview of the investigation would be.

The fallout from Nassar - the disgraced ex-Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor with a sentence of up to 175 years - continues.

According to The Athletic, the meeting occurred in Indianapolis in November 2010 - six months after Emmert's hiring.

Redmond said she also sent her letter to the Board of Governors, which included Simon.

The coalition letter, dated November 17, 2010, and also provided to the AP, detailed what the group described as a "growing epidemic" of sexual assaults by male athletes against women, and used "recent reports" of sexual violence involving two Michigan State basketball players as an example. Redmond revealed she thought she had an "ally" who was willing to work with her about sexual abuse.

NCAA President Mark Emmert was reportedly aware of sexual misconduct against athletes at MSU, yet chose not to take any administrative action against the offenders, according to The Score. There were on-campus protests when it became clear that both athletes would remain in school and on the basketball team with no punishment from the school or athletic department.

In a follow-up letter to Redmond and Murphy after the November 2010 meeting, Emmert said he was honest in making "proper NCAA student-athlete conduct a priority" and detailed several examples of NCAA efforts to address sexual assaults on campuses.

The school's handling of the Nassar case is under scrutiny.

Now, more than seven years after Redmond's letter, the NCAA is getting involved at Michigan State to address the Nassar case after the fact.

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