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Ex-football player sues Penn State, claims team hazing included 'I am going to Sandusky you'

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 1/14/2020 Sam Ruland, York Daily Record
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Penn State University football coach James Franklin allegedly forced former player Isaiah Humphries out of the program after he reported violent, sexual hazing by other members of the team, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. 

The lawsuit names the university, Franklin and ex-teammate Damion Barber as defendants in the case. In the suit, Humphries also claims players Micah Parsons, Yetur Gross-Matos and Jesse Luketa facilitated a campaign to harass and haze the underclassmen. 

Players made unwanted sexual contact and threats such as, "I am going to Sandusky you," Humphries claims in the lawsuit. 

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The lawsuit states the abuse resulted in Humphries giving up his football scholarship at Penn State and transferring to the University of California. Humphries is now seeking unspecified financial damages for the harm it caused to his football career, along with severe physical and emotional distress. 

According to the suit, the hazing occurred at several campus locations and was allegedly witnessed by members of the coaching staff, who failed to put a stop to the abuse. Upperclassmen allegedly told new players they were "their (expletive) because this is a prison" and made threatening statements such as, "I am going to (expletive) you."

a person wearing a helmet: Isaiah Humphries, who now plays at Cal, has sued Penn State over alleged hazing in the football program. © Tony Avelar, AP Isaiah Humphries, who now plays at Cal, has sued Penn State over alleged hazing in the football program.

Comments about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky seemed to be a focal point of the abuse, with the lawsuit noting comments such as "I am going to Sandusky you," and "This is Jerry."

Sandusky was arrested in 2011 after county prosecutors sought testimony from Mike McQueary, the former assistant football coach who said he saw Sandusky molest a boy in a campus locker room shower in 2001. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. 

Humphries claims the abuse was physical. The perpetrators would allegedly steal victims' clothes and wrestle them to the ground while shoving their genitalia on their face or between their buttocks. And if one tried to fight back or resist the abuse, they were the target of more intimidation and bullying, Humphries' lawsuit states. 

Claims that abuse went ignored

Humphries claims that on multiple occasions, the coaching staff observed the harassment and hazing in the locker room but failed to intervene. He says he and his father, Leonard Humphries, also reported the abuse to Franklin. 

"Despite the harassment and hazing which was occurring in the football locker room being reported to defendant coach James Franklin and other members of the Pennsylvania State University Football team coaching staff, no substantive action was taken by defendant James Franklin or other members of the coaching staff to prevent it," the lawsuit states.   

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Ex-football player sues Penn State, claims team hazing included 'I am going to Sandusky you'

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