Michigan St. coach flips out on ESPN reporter - 'totally unacceptable'


The horrific sexual abuse scandal involving former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has cast a dark cloud over the university.

As in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case at Penn State, the school is struggling to disassociate itself from the heinous acts committed by its employees, even after those responsible and their accomplices have been fired or sent to prison.

Nassar is likely behind bars for the rest of his life, and on Monday, his former boss, Dr. William Strampel, was arrested on charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Strampel, who was fired as head of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016, is accused of sexually harassing or assaulting four female medical students at the school. He is also facing charges for what police allegedly found on his university computer: nude photos of MSU students and a video showing Nassar abusing a female patient.

ESPN reporter Dan Murphy wrote about the arrest and tweeted a link to his story Monday.

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While there’s no problem with reporting such important news, the image attached to Murphy’s tweet is another matter.

It was a photo of the Spartans’ midfield logo with the No. 3, which was placed there in honor of former MSU punter Mike Sadler. The Academic All-American was killed in a car accident in July 2016.

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio was furious when he saw the image of Sadler’s tribute linked to the sexual assault case.

Dantonio called out Murphy on Twitter, saying he “stepped OVER the line.”

“This is totally unacceptable,” Dantonio said, adding the hashtags “RIP3” and “Inexcusable.”

In the face of criticism, Murphy said he didn’t choose to add the photo; rather, he said, it was a stock image automatically added to the tweet.

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The image was later replaced with one of Strampel.

Many on Twitter weren’t satisfied with Murphy’s explanation or his apology.

ESPN might want to change its automatically generated stock photo system so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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