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Tom Izzo Had A Weird Quote About Larry Nassar, But It's Also Being Taken Out Of Context

A closeup of Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo.

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tom Izzo was asked about Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon after his team's win over Indiana on Friday night.

Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon is under fire at the moment for how she and the university have handled the Larry Nassar situation, and Friday night, men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo was asked about the school board's decision to support her through the ordeal.

Izzo's response came after his team's victory over Indiana. There are two main takeaways. First, he supports Simon. Second, one of the lines he dropped, while odd, is being taken a bit out of context.

Izzo, during his response, included that he hopes "the right person was convicted." The line is getting a lot of attention.

The full quote, however, doesn't make it seem like Izzo questions whether or not Nassar is guilty. He even name-drops him earlier in his statement.

Here's the entire quote:

"It's been a very difficult week for me. As a father, it's been a difficult week. I listened to the stories of courageous women and I look at the survivors who spoke, and in all honesty, Nassar permanently damaged and changed the lives of so many of those people.

I feel like it's changed the life of all of us at Michigan State in some way, shape or form. As a father, that's difficult to even fathom. I hope that the right person was convicted and I have to say though, that I have the utmost, the utmost faith and respect for the leadership of our president, too, at Michigan State.

"It's a woman that has dedicated over 40 years and I have been here 33 with her. And I think I know what she stands for. And so I hope and pray that those survivors continue to grow in their life and I hope we do everything we can to make sure that this will never happen ever again. Not only at this institution, but any institution, to be honest with you. But it's been a lot of sad days for me in a lot of ways. I'm going to try and do everything I can to help the survivors - to help us grow from this and learn from it and move forward. So that's all I have to say."

Many on social media are upset with the line in question. posted video of Izzo's statement on YouTube. Make of it what you will.

Izzo's support of Simon - who he's worked with for 33 years - should not come as a surprise. As for the "right person" line - it's strange, no doubt. But after reading the entire transcription and watching the video, it doesn't seem like Izzo was questioning Nassar's guilt.