Lawsuit: Penn State football players threatened to 'Sandusky' freshman

Jim Melwert
January 14, 2020 - 4:50 pm
Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks his team onto the field before playing against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court, a former Penn State football player claims he was hazed by upperclassmen on the team. 

The suit is filed by Isaiah Humphries who claims upperclassmen on Penn State’s football team hazed freshmen as a form of initiation.

The suit details some of the alleged activities, including upperclassmen taking clothing from freshmen and refusing to return it, and threatening to act out sexual assaults, including telling a freshman "I’m going to Sandusky you," which is a reference to former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexually abusing children.

The suit says Humpries and his father, a former Penn State football player, told the football coaching staff about the hazing but, the suit says not only was nothing done to stop it, it claims the coaches set Humphries up to fail so they could say he wasn’t good enough to play.

According to suit, one football player was found to have violated the student code of conduct and was punished.

A Penn State spokeswoman says in addition to the office of student conduct investigation, university police also looked into the allegations and handed their findings off the Centre County District Attorney’s Office, and the DA reviewed the case and decided no charges would be pursued.

In November, Humphries announced plans to transfer from Penn State. He posted on Twitter that he’s going to play for the University of California.