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Michigan State Football Coach Mel Tucker Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment

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Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker being investigated for alleged sexual harassment

According to the investigation, Tucker engaged in non-consensual phone s3x with a rape victim who was collaborating with the MSU football department at the time on relationship violence prevention. According to Brenda Tracy, who consented to be identified by USA Today, Tucker asked her to talk to student athletes about the three Oregon State University athletes and a high school recruit who s3xually assaulted her 25 years ago.

Tracy and her non-profit, Set the Expectation, had been asked three times to campus to address the MSU football team and be honored for their advocacy work, which included Tracy being appointed an honorary captain for the spring game the previous year. Tracy has reportedly spoken to thousands of athletes on more than 100 college campuses, according to the organization’s website.

Tracy said to USA Today that they grew close during that time. On April 28, 2022, Tracy reports that Tucker had s3x with her over the phone. Tracy complained to the school that it wasn’t consensual in December 2022. Tucker challenged Tracy’s story in front of a Title IX investigator that MSU had hired to investigate into the incident.

In an interview with USA Today, Tracy said, “It’s difficult for me to even wrap my mind around the idea that someone could know me, claim to understand my trauma, and then re-inflict that trauma on me.”

Tracy further alleged that Tucker routinely called her, sent her gifts, and enquired as to whether she would date him if he weren’t already married when the two were coworkers. With his wife, Tucker has two sons.

According to the USA Today article, Tucker “even suggested slipping into her hotel through a back door so no one would see him.” Tucker asked Tracy to meet him alone, but Tracy claimed she declined.

On Saturday, Tucker declined to respond when he was contacted by a USA Today reporter. If it turned out that Tucker had engaged in “any conduct which constitutes moral turpitude or which, in the university’s reasonable judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule” to the institution, the contract would allow MSU to fire him without having to pay the full amount.

I’m not proud of my decision-making, and I’m finding it hard to forgive myself for getting into this predicament, but I did not act improperly by any stretch of the imagination, Tucker insisted.

The institution said in a statement that it would not comment on potential inquiries.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker being investigated for alleged sexual harassment

“Let me reassure you that the MSU Office for Civil Rights would properly investigate and follow up on any complaints alleging a breach of the university’s Relationship Violence and S3xual Misconduct policy. A spokesman for Michigan State University, Emily Guerrant, stated that “confidentiality is important to the culture around reporting incidents and is crucial in creating a safe environment for people to come forward.” We owe it to the public and the residents of our campus to make sure that every complaint or concern is handled seriously and, where necessary, that an exhaustive investigation is conducted.

On October 5 and 6, the team’s bye week, a formal hearing is set to take place at Michigan State University. The outcome of the hearing will establish if Tucker broke the school’s anti-s3xual harassment rules as well as the federal Title IX law, which prohibits sexism in the classroom.

A Freedom of Information Act request for Tucker’s case-related records apparently received a denial from Michigan State. MSU highlighted state legislation that forbids disclosure of data that “would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of an individual’s privacy.”

In order to pursue prospective legal action, the cable sports network claims to have retained a Michigan-based law firm. It claims that the phone call Tucker reportedly made while on university business while traveling in violation of open records regulations since it concerned a speaker he had already hired to address his team.

One of the highest paid coaches in the NCAA, Tucker signed a 10-year, $95 million contract extension in 2021. If it turned out that Tucker had engaged in “any conduct which constitutes moral turpitude or which, in the university’s reasonable judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule” to the institution, the contract would allow MSU to fire him without having to pay the full amount.

The article from USA Today was released following Saturday’s 45-14 victory by Michigan State over Richmond. In Tucker’s fourth season as the Spartans’ head coach, MSU is currently 2-0.

The report also comes little over a day after Dr. Larry Nassar’s former patients, who were associated with MSU athletics and USA Gymnastics, sued the institution for withholding case-related records. Nassar is in incarcerated for up to 175 years after being charged with assaulting hundreds of female athletes s3xually.

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