Former Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is joining current university interim president John Engler in calling out ESPN’s bombshell report on the Spartans’ athletic department from last month.
MLive obtained a statement that Hollis emailed to current athletic department staffers at Michigan State. In his message, Hollis said that parts of ESPN’s report — which outlined a culture of mishandled assault allegations throughout the Michigan State athletic department — were “incomplete and misleading.”
Here’s part of what Hollis wrote:
“I can state with certainty that there were inaccurate, incomplete and misleading statements made and then reported by ESPN.”
Earlier this week, Engler released a statement to the Michigan State community and said that ESPN’s report was a “ sensationalized package of reporting.”
On Jan. 26, ESPN released a lengthy report about missteps the Michigan State athletic department — including the football program under Mark Dantonio and the men’s basketball program under Tom Izzo — had made in handling allegations of sexual abuse and violence against women.
Hollis announced his retirement hours before the report came out. He was the second Michigan State administrator to step down that week as former president Lou Anna Simon resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.
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