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Michigan State suing ESPN because the four-letter wants the sexual assault investigation records released

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It looks like Michigan State and ESPN may be going to court once again.

According to the Lansing State Journal, the University is filing suit against the sports media giant over the release of sexual assault investigation records stemming from the beginning of the year. Michigan State claims they have been put in an “impossible position” after Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon informed the school to withhold the records from ESPN given the ongoing investigation. MSU is also citing the need for “judicial guidance” in the suit.

Via the Lansing State Journal:

An ESPN Inc. reporter submitted a Freedom of Information Act request with the university Feb. 10 seeking all police reports containing allegations of sexual assault since Dec. 10, 2016, as well as records of arrests made between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, according to court documents. The request came one day after MSU announced the suspensions of three MSU football players and a staff member associated with the team amid a sexual assault investigation.

The investigation in question stems from an incident in the early morning hours of January 16th in which three unidentified Michigan State football players were accused of sexual assault. Since then those players – who continue to be unidentified by the University – have been suspended by the team pending the investigation which also could be said about football staffer Curtis Blackwell who was also suspended in the wake of the investigation going public.

ESPN obviously wants their headline here and what a headline it would be too. Identifying the three players who Michigan State has continually tried to keep undisclosed during an ongoing police investigation.

I get it. It’s beating other outlets to the punch in a day and age when ESPN is currently hemorrhaging money.

But haven’t we learned from a situation like this in the past? I mean this isn’t a case where some players were caught sniffing cocaine off some bathroom floor or skipped out on a bar tab.

We’re dealing with possible sexual assault allegations here. And in the United States everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That is until it goes to the court of public opinion then whoever is involved will have their lives more than likely ruined probably before anything even goes to trial.

I’m not saying these three players are innocent. I’m also not saying they’re guilty. Lets just keep the court of public opinion out of things for now and not potentially have another Duke Lacrosse situation on our hands.

 

 

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