James Franklin accused of retaliating against former player who reported hazing

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Penn State head coach James Franklin during the Cotton Bowl coaches press conference on Dec. 27 2019. Joe Hermitt

A former Penn State football player claims he and other players in the program were violently hazed by teammates, and that head coach James Franklin and his coaching staff not only ignored it, but also retaliated against him after he reported it, he contends in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

According to Humphries, the perpetrators told him, "I'm going to Sandusky you", referring to former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is serving 30 to 60 years in jail for molesting young boys at Penn State.

Humphries, who was recruited to the Nittany Lions, but later left the program, is suing Franklin and ex-teammate Damion Barber of Harrisburg in U.S. Middle District Court. Humphries also alleges that he was threatened by Luketa who said he would be "gunned down" if he visited his city.

Players made unwanted sexual contact and threats such as, "I am going to Sandusky you", Humphries claims in the lawsuit. Humphries backed out on his scholarship with Penn State and transferred to the University of California.

Last August, Franklin was named in a separate lawsuit, which alleged he tried to interfere with decisions about injured players and when they could return to the field. Humphries is now seeking unspecified financial damages for the harm it caused to his football career, along with severe physical and emotional distress. "This is Jerry." Considering Penn State's history, these references are quite shocking and troubling.

Penn State may be in hot water again. Some of the acts of sexual abuse occurred in the Lasch Building on Penn State's campus, where some of the alleged acts of hazing occurred.

The suit alleges, among other things, that participants in the alleged harassing would place their genitals in the faces of players who were pinned to the floor.

Humphries claims that on multiple occasions, the coaching staff observed the harassment and hazing in the locker room but failed to intervene.

Penn State also attempted to remove Humphries from the program "with the excuse of a medical retirement option" as a form of retaliation, according to the lawsuit.

Humphries is being represented by Philadelphia attorney Steven Marino, who says the incident is not isolated to just his client.

Penn State has issued a statement in response to a federal lawsuit filed by a former football player on Monday.

"The University has established processes in place for responding to claims of potential misconduct". In accordance with our processes, the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response and the Office of Student Conduct carried out investigations of the plaintiff's claims independent from Intercollegiate Athletics. Such efforts included his athletic performance being "overly and unfairly scrutinized", him being denied "necessary medical accommodations" for anxiety and narcolepsy, and the staff giving negative reviews to prospective colleges recruiting Humphries once he decided a transfer.

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