PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — And I thought last week’s show was tough…
So, for the sake of clarification: This show was recorded on Wednesday night. It was a few hours after Larry Nassar was sentenced, about 36 hours after Joel Ferguson’s horrendous interview on WVFN in Lansing, and it was recorded as Lou Anna Simon resigned as MSU’s President.
It was recorded before this thing went straight up nuclear the last 18 hours with the “retirement” of Athletic Director Mark Hollis and before the release of this monstrous piece from ESPN’s venerable Outside The Lines on how MSU’s lax response to sexual violence spans decades and stretches into the basketball and football programs, including details that show that both of MSU’s legendary coaches — Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio — allowed this crap to happen knowingly on their watch. In no uncertain terms, this is a f–king disaster on all levels. An unmitigated debacle. As recently as this morning, you had a high profile donor saying on record that if people are wary about sending their kids to MSU that they can “go to another school” because there are “kids on a waiting list” dying to get in. Oy.
For so many years, I have seen people at other schools such as Penn State, Baylor, Ohio State, and others say asinine to downright offensive things in the midst of a scandal, but rarely have I see a more idiotic and tone deaf collective response to a major crisis than what I have seen at Michigan State the last two weeks. They couldn’t have handled this any worse than they have if they tried. It makes it all the more astonishing since MSU has one of the premier Public Relations programs in the country and has top notch PR firms associated with them.
So keep that in mind as you listen to this show because so much has gone down in just 24 hours that it makes your head spin. I attempted to lighten the mood and talk about the Super Bowl too. So, there’s that.
Much like last week, this show will be graphic. There will be strong language and it features the victim statement from Mattie Larson, the former US Olympian who was assaulted multiple times by Nassar. She was giving this statement as Ferguson was making a fool of himself on the radio.
Here’s Episode 63.
Coming up on Episode No. 63 of JSC Radio:
- Larry Nassar gets sent to Hell
- The response by MSU to this travesty has been nothing short of a disaster.
- You hear the real time reaction to the resignation of Lou Anna Simon.
- Mattie Larson’s gut-wrenching victim statement sent shockwaves through us all.
- Joel Ferguson’s horrendously offensive interview may have been the “inadvertent” tipping point in all of this.
- Where does Michigan State University go from here?
- Plus: A breakdown of the NFC & AFC Title games, the greatness of Merrill Reese, and how it feels to finally have a Super Bowl team in my literal backyard.
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Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Friday, January 26, 2018.
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