Draymond Green of Golden State Warriors, Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh Steelers talk about Michigan State sexual assault report
“As a diehard Spartan fan, as an alumnus, as a supporter, I wish those who were affected, touched by it, broken by it, shaken; whatever it did to you, I wish them well in their recovery. Because it touches everybody in a different way,” Green said after the Warriors win over the Boston Celtics Saturday night. “Whether you’re a supporter and it kills your pride or whether you’re a victim and you’re going through the things that you’re going through. I wish them well in their road to recovery.”
Green played at Michigan State under coach Tom Izzo from 2008-12. Izzo and Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio both said Friday night that they have no plans to step away from their positions in the wake of an ESPN report about a pervasive culture of sexual assault on campus and within their two programs.
Earlier Friday, Outside the Lines published a report about the “pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression” when it comes to addressing sexual assaults on Michigan State’s campus and within its athletic department. Interviews and public records obtained by Outside the Lines show at least 16 members of the Spartans football team have been accused of sexual assault or violence against women.
The report also detailed an uncharged rape accusation against two former Michigan State basketball players and a pair of charges related to violence against women involving former undergraduate assistant coach Travis Walton.
Walton was placed on administrative leave Friday from his duties as assistant coach of the LA Clippers‘ G League affiliate. One of the basketball players in the OTL report accused of rape, Adreian Paynewas waived by the Orlando Magic‘s G League affiliate in Lakeland, Florida.
“I offer my support to coach Dantonio and coach Izzo in their efforts to rebuild and to help the victims in any way that they can,” said Green. “They say the true test of a man is what he does in a time of adversity. I know those two guys will stand up and do whatever they can to help. I look forward to helping in any way I can. Those affected, supporters, most importantly, the victims, any way I can help I look forward to that.”
At the Pro Bowl practice on Saturday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell — another former Michigan State athlete — said he “felt bad for everything that happened to all the women,” adding that both D’Antonio and Izzo “do everything the right way.”
“I’m obviously hoping for a turnaround. I mean, it’s kind of a big target on our back right now. I just kinda wanna be a supporter, the best that I can,” Bell said. “And I want Michigan State to be the top of the class — basketball, football, all that, all athletics — make things go the right way. This can kinda go down the line, and people kinda forget about it because we did a lot of positive things moreso than negative things coming out of the university.”
The scandal’s aftermath has seen the resignation of university athletic director Mark Hollis and president Lou Ann Simon this past week.