Penn State coach, players named in hazing lawsuit

A former Penn State player claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was subjected to violent and sexual hazing during his time with the Nittany Lions.

Isaiah Humphries, a safety who was part of Penn State's 2018 recruiting class, is suing head coach James Franklin and defensive tackle Damion Barber in U.S. Middle District Court in Scranton, Pa., according to filings obtained by pennlive.com.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, also identifies linebackers Micah Parsons and Jesse Luketa and defensive end Yetur Gross-Motos as participants in the alleged abuse.

According to Humphries' complaint, the hazing during his lone year on campus included threats that alluded to the darkest chapter in Penn State football history. "I am going to Sandusky you," his assailants said, referring to disgraced former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky is currently serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years in a Pennsylvania prison for his 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Humphries claims Luketa threatened to have him killed for complaining about the hazing. He also alleges that Franklin and other coaches forced him out of the program.

Penn State officials have not yet made an official comment.

Humphries left Penn State and transferred to the University of California.

--Field Level Media

01/14/2020 19:40

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