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.
Emmert met with Kathy Redmond, the founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, and received a letter from her dated November 17, 2010, that detailed the allegations about MSU athletes sexually assaulting women.
Word of sexual misconduct within Michigan State University athletics, thrust into the spotlight by Larry Nassar's far-reaching abuse and subsequently reported in explosive detail by ESPN's Outside The Lines, may have extended all the way to the top of the NCAA. The letter was sent after Redmond and Emmert met in person to discuss the nationwide issue of sexual violence involving NCAA athletes.
Simon resigned from her position at Michigan State on Wednesday night - hours after Larry Nassar, a former university and USA Gymnastics doctor, received a 40- to 175-year sentence in state prison for sexually assaulting female athletes.
Emmert could not be reached for comment by The Athletic on Friday. But the governing board has an very bad lot of power.
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For example, despite recent reports of sexual violence involving two Michigan State University (MSU) basketball players, one of which admitted to raping the victim, neither man was charged criminally or even disciplined by the school.
According to their report the letter indicated that there were 37 reports of sexual assaults by MSU athletes. Also in attendance alongside Emmert and Redmond was legal expert Wendy Murphy, according to the website. 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.
I took her concerns very seriously, found her thoughts and advice constructive, and subsequently asked her to join an upcoming event we were planning, the NCAA's first Violence Prevention Summit in April 2011.
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.