Before we get to this week’s fun and games, I’m wondering how people feel about the morality play going on at Michigan State.
Or should we say, the lack of morality play?
The school suspended coach Mel Tucker this week in the wake of sexual harassment case involving Brenda Tracy. She’s a sexual assault prevention advocate Tucker brought in numerous times to speak to his team.
Tucker and Tracy hit it off and romance bloomed. At least until he pleasured himself during a 36-minute phone call with her last year.
Tracy says she was traumatized and filed a Title IX complaint. Tucker says the phone sex was consensual and he did nothing wrong.
“I am not proud of my judgment and I am having difficulty forgiving myself for getting into this situation,” he told investigators. “But I did not engage in misconduct by any definition.”
Do you buy that?
Maybe I spent too much time in Sunday School growing up, but I think a married man finding pleasure over the phone to a new flame qualifies as misconduct by at least some definitions.
Tucker says his marriage was estranged, but he’s long preached the importance of character to his players. They will soon become his ex-players once the legal wrangling plays out.
The big point of contention will be the “moral turpitude” clause in Tucker’s contract. It says he can be fired if he “engages in any conduct which constitutes moral turpitude which, in the University’s reasonable judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule on the University.”
This fiasco has certainly managed to do that.
Tucker’s lawyers will argue the phone sex was not “moral turpitude.” They’ll say that Michigan State just wants to get out of the $75 million buyout it would owe Tucker if he was fired for just being a crappy coach. This will probably end with a settlement in…
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Author : The Gainesville Sun
Publish date : 2023-09-14 08:09:00
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