James Franklin accused of retaliating against former player who reported hazing

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A former Penn State soccer participant says he was the victim of violent hazing during his time with this system, and head coach James Franklin is accused of ignoring the acts and worse.

Matt Miller of PennLive.com obtained a copy of a federal lawsuit that was filed in U.S. Middle District Courtroom on Tuesday by former Penn State defensive again Isaiah Humphries. Humphries names the college, Franklin and former teammate Damion Barber as defendants within the case, and he alleges that he was violently hazed by Nittany Lions players and threatened before transferring to the College of California in 2018. The go well with accuses Penn State players Micah Parsons, Yetur Gross-Matos and Jesse Luketa of physically abusing Humphries, who says Luketa additionally threatened to have him killed for complaining concerning the hazing.

Humphries says his former teammates advised underclassmen on the staff that they have been “their bitch as a result of this can be a prison” and threatened to sexually assault them. He claims he and different Penn State players have been wrestled to the ground by the elder gamers, who then did issues like shoving their genitals in the victims’ faces and between their buttocks.

The abusers are additionally accused of telling victims “I’m going to Sandusky you,” which is a reference to former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky molesting younger boys while he was with the program. Sandusky is presently in jail.

Humphries says he and his father, former Penn State and NFL player Leonard Humphries, reported the alleged hazing but have been ignored. The youthful Humphries claims Penn State’s coaches pressured him to carry out drills they knew he would fail in response to him complaining concerning the hazing. Humphries says Franklin and the teaching employees then bad-mouthed him to different football packages when he knowledgeable them he was considering transferring.

Humphries thanked Penn State’s teaching employees for allowing him to go away in a press release he launched back in November 2018, saying he decided to switch “to be able to grow and not lose the eagerness that I've for football and for every little thing that I value.”

Humphries is in search of unspecified damages for the harm he says the hazing and the best way it was dealt with triggered to his football career and his health.

This isn't the first time Franklin has found himself at the middle of an issue, as he allegedly contacted a rape victim back in 2014 and made some troubling remarks to her when 4 of his Vanderbilt gamers have been dealing with rape costs.