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Michigan State President Calls Out ESPN For Its Sexual Assault History

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Michigan State's president had an intense back and forth with an ESPN reporter at the NCAA Tournament.

The president, John Engler, blasted ESPN's sexual assault history when asked about his school's problems with sexual assault. ESPN dropped a bombshell story on the school's issues earlier this year.

Engler had an intense back and forth with ESPN reporter Dan Murphy at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

The Detroit Free Press has the details:

ESPN reporter Dan Murphy followed up and asked Engler, “Do you not think Michigan State is one of the worst offenders of sexual assault right now?”

Engler answered, “Oh, I think ESPN is far worse than many companies in America today.”

Murphy countered, “That’s not the question I asked you. Do you think Michigan State is a worse offender of that?”

Said Engler, “I think Michigan State, like lots of universities, has many challenges. Michigan State alone had Nassar. He was not a doctor at any other campus. And so that is something that has caused us great pain and is a great challenge for us and the 225-250 women who filed litigation. That’s a very serious issue.

“But when you talk about sexual assault on campus, Title IX cases, then that’s something we’re dealing with. And I think when we’re finished with the changes we’re making, we’re going to be very proud of the campus we’ve got, the security that we have and the record that we set.”

Engler has taken shots at ESPN before in response to the allegations surrounding his university. He had issues with the way the network promoted its story back in February.

“I viewed with great concern a recent ESPN report that gathered considerable national attention in no small part because it showed a promotional graphic of our head football coach and men’s basketball coach with Larry Nassar. This was a sensationalized package of reporting that contained allegation and insinuations that we are now reviewing.

“The coaches were asked to refrain from comment while the reports were examined. That has been a burden that must be lifted. I hope that MSU can soon respond in full and affirm the integrity and probity that has been the hallmark of these two respected coaches.”

You can view the Detroit Free-Press' full story here.