MSU to look into leakage in Tucker examination
Sep 17, 2023, 07:35 PM ET EAST LANSING, Mich.– Michigan State is looking into the source of a leakage that resulted in Brenda Tracy’s identity being revealed as part of an examination into her accusations that suspended football coach Mel Tucker sexually bothered her.School spokesperson Emily Guerrant confirmed Sunday that the school plans to investigate the leak.Tracy’s attorney, Karen Truszkowski, stated last week that her client’s name was revealed by an outside celebration and that triggered their cooperation with an USA Today report that exposed explicit details.Tracy, an activist and rape survivor, stated Tucker sexually bothered her throughout a call in April 2022. Eight months later on, Tracy submitted a problem with the school’s Title IX workplace and the investigation was finished in July.A hearing is scheduled for the week of Oct. 5 to determine if Tucker breached the school’s unwanted sexual advances and exploitation policy and a ruling could use up to 60 days.Editor’s Picks Guerrant stated the university wanted to ensure a reasonable and extensive procedure, creating a safe environment for people to come forward without a fear of institutional retaliation or breach of personal privacy.
“We are disappointed to learn the confidentiality was broken in this case,” Guerrant stated last week.The 51-year-old Tucker, who stated he is separated from his partner and has two kids, said the claims versus him are”completely false. “Tucker firmly insisted that the intimate call he had with Tracy was consensual and outside the scope of both Title IX and school policy.Tucker is in the third year of a$95 million, 10-year agreement and if he is fired for cause, the school would not have to pay him what’s staying on his deal.Michigan State might fire Tucker for cause if he” participates in any conduct which
constitutes ethical turpitude or which, in the University’s sole judgement, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule upon the university,”according to his contract.The leakage, however, possibly provides Tucker leverage in settlement negotiations
with the school.Officially, the school said”less than professional behavior and not measuring up to the core values of the department and university, “was the factor Tucker was suspended.Tracy is understood for her deal with college teams, educating athletes about sexual violence. Michigan State paid her$10,000 to share her story with the football team.The Spartans(2-1) were routed 41-7 by No. 8 Washington on Saturday in Harlon Barnett’s launching as interim coach.Michigan State hosts high-scoring Maryland (3-0 )on Saturday.