Following his team's 85-57 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday night, Michigan State Spartans men's basketball coach Tom Izzo discussed the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal that was enabled by the university.
Here is a video of Izzo making his remarks on the situation.
The statement as a whole was not awful aside of the fact that it seemed as though he was blindly supporting the school's president, Lou Anna Simon, who has come under a lot of heat given the fact that the abuse took place at the school for decades.
However, one particular remark made by Izzo got the public thinking. That remark was the following, according to Land of 10:
"I hope the right person was convicted."
After literally just saying the name "Nassar", what on earth got into your head, Tom?!
One of the people who took notice of Izzo's ignorant remark was Lynn Raisman, the mother of two-time Olympian and six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, who was one of the more than 140 women abused by Nassar.
The decorated gymnast's mother taking notice prompted her to rip Izzo on her Twitter account.
Perhaps Izzo meant no harm by what he said. That would make sense given the fact that the whole statement was expressing how he supported the survivors.
However, what on earth would make him think there was a chance that Nassar wasn't the right guy, especially after he literally just talked specifically about Nassar damaging so many lives?
Like I said, Izzo's statement was far more than just this one remark. He repeatedly voiced his support for the survivors. But like Raisman pointed out, that one remark makes you wonder whether or not the rest of his statement reflects his actual feeling on the subject. Does it really reflect the truth?
After all, Izzo did also voice his support for Lou Anna Simon. Graham Spanier, meanwhile, Simon's former Penn State equivalent, was sentenced to jail as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal that took place at the school.
But that's a whole other can of worms that I'm sure will be opened in the near future.Published 22 Jan 2018, 03:21 IST