MSU trustee: There's more to the university than 'just this Nassar thing'

Posted at 1:17 PM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 20:37:07-05


A spokesperson for Joel Ferguson has released a statement on his remarks made during Monday's radio interview.

It reads as follows:

Joel Ferguson deeply regrets the inadvertent comment he made on a local radio program that trivialized the experience of the victims of Larry Nassar. He recognizes the suffering of these young women and had intended to refer to it as "the Nassar tragedy."

Mr. Ferguson deeply regrets his comment and apologizes to those he offended.

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The vice chair of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees says he is throwing his support behind President Lou Anna Simon because there is more to the school than "just this Nassar thing." 

Joel Ferguson was interviewed Monday on The Game 730 AM WVFN. 

He said during the five hour board meeting last week, the board spoke about President Simon for about 10 minutes. 

"We unanimously decided right away that Lou Anna was going to...we were going to support her staying as president." 

He went on to talk about her hustle in securing major donations for the Breslin Center, and that he doesn't think she would step down from her position. 

"She's a fighter and her overall, what she's done for her university, she's not gonna get ran out of there by what somebody else did," he said. 

Ferguson also says he doesn't think the NCAA will get involved down the road. 

"This is not Penn State," he said during the interview.  

Listen to the full interview in the video player below, courtesy of 730 AM.