The Board of Trustees on Friday also called for a second investigation to examine the university's failures that enabled Nassar to prey on so many young girls for decades.
A 12-foot bronze statue of Johnson stands outside of the basketball team's on campus arena, and the Hall of Fame point guard has reportedly donated $4 million to Michigan State athletics since 2011. While Johnson stopped short of defending Izzo, he offered to help him and others who have influence at Michigan State. When Nassar alerted Strampel via email in August 2016 that an Indianapolis Star reporter wanted to speak with him about sexual assault allegations, Strampel responded by saying: "I'm on your side". Lindsey Lemke was one of Nassar's victims and spoke at his sentencing hearing.
Since his sentencing, MSU's president Lou Anna Simon resigned, MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis retired, and the entire USA Gymnastics board resigned after being given an ultimatum by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
A special prosecutor will investigate Michigan State University "from the president's office down" over how former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar could have sexually abused girls and young women for almost 20 years without university action, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Saturday.
Penn State's former president and two other ex-administrators were sentenced a year ago to short prison terms for failing to report a child abuse allegation against Sandusky a decade before his eventual arrest.
In response to allegations in an ESPN report of a pattern of suppression of reports of sexual assault, violence, and gender discrimination by university officials, including the athletics department, Izzo said Friday night, "We will cooperate with any investigation going forward as we have always done". I'm here tonight to say that any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false.
MI state legislators were reportedly considering ways to impeach all the trustees if they don't resign.
The MSU Board of Trustees called for the investigation by the Michigan Office of the Attorney General on January 19. "None of the individuals involved in perpetuating this monstrous case of sexual abuse, whether directly or indirectly, should be rewarded with a position of authority". "And it's made us lose complete confidence and faith in our administration and in our university".
"I feel like it doesn't really reflect MSU, it reflects Nassar", Filbrandt said.
"We are committed to taking the right actions to create a culture that provides a safe environment for all members of our community, and the transition to new leadership will be a key component in helping us change course".