The NCAA is launching an investigation into Michigan State University in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.
Releasing a statement to 7 Action News, the NCAA says:
“The NCAA has sent a letter of inquiry to Michigan State University regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State. We will have no further comment at this time.”
7 Action News reached out to Michigan State University, who confirms that the school's athletic department has received the letter from the NCAA.
The investigation comes in the wake of comments during a radio interview by the vice chair of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees Joel Ferguson, who said he doesn't think the NCAA will get involved down the road.
A spokesperson for Ferguson later released a statement clarifying the remarks.
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.