Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ex-Penn State Player Alleges Sexual Hazing, Sues University

Ex-Penn State Player Alleges Sexual Hazing, Sues University

Humphries accused players such as Defensive MVP of 2019 Micah Parsons, All-Big 10 defensive end 2018 and '19 Yetur Gross-Matos, Damion Barber, and Jesse Luketa of leading a campaign of hazing younger players.

The younger Humphries claims Penn State's coaches forced him to perform drills they knew he would fail in response to him complaining about the hazing.

According to the suit, incidents of hazing included wrestling underclassmen players to the ground and restraining them while simulating sex or placing one's genitals on the underclassmen's faces. Humphries says Franklin and the coaching staff then bad-mouthed him to other football programs when he informed them he was considering transferring. Penn State said in a statement that university police turned over results of their investigation to the local district attorney, who declined to prosecute.

The University has established processes in place for responding to claims of sexual misconduct.

The investigations were carried out independent from Intercollegiate Athletics, Powers said. Their findings were forwarded to the Office of the Centre County District Attorney, which "reviewed the case and decided that no charges would be pursued".

When he made a decision to leave, Penn State coaches gave negative reviews to their counterparts at other college programs to which he was considering transferring, Humphries contends. Even the once-great Joe Paterno's legacy was tarnished forever for the child sex abuse scandal that rocked the college football world in which Sandusky, who for 30 years worked as an assistant coach, was found guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Former defensive back Isaiah Humphries had a full scholarship to the school in 2018 but says that his time at Penn State was a hell of hazing and abuse.

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Humphries' lawsuit asserts the Penn State coaching staff was aware of the actions taking place in the Nittany Lions' locker room.

Josh Moyer earned his journalism from Penn State and his M.S. from Columbia. It is not clear, however, what specific student conduct rule violation he was charged with.

Humphries' lawsuit claims the team's academic adviser subjected him to "irrational and inappropriate censure", and that he was denied medical accommodations to manage anxiety and loss of sleep by Franklin's staff. "He left Penn State because he was harassed, bullied, humiliated".

There's more ... Humphries claims he was threatened by Jesse Luketa - that if Humphries ever visited "his city" he would make certain he was "gunned down" upon arrival.

The lawsuit names the university, Franklin and ex-teammate Damion Barber as defendants in the case.

Humphries' attorney, Steven F. Marino of Philadelphia, seeks a jury trial, according to the lawsuit. "He's also suing Barber individually for assault and battery".

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