Should Michigan State sports get the death penalty?
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Should Michigan State sports get the death penalty?

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Michigan State settled with victims of former athletic doctor Larry Nasser to the tune of $500 million. Many feel this isn't sufficient punishment, and some believe the university should lose its sports programs altogether. However, with Baylor and Penn State walking away from scandals with just sanctions, it is unlikely MSU will face anything harsher. What do you think?

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$500 million isn't chump change, but it doesn't come close to punishing Michigan State properly. The institution allowed Nassar to abuse over 300 women and was slow to take responsibility. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The university has shown little interest in pursuing sexual assault allegations against its players or staff members—as shown by football head coach Mark Dantonio and basketball head coach Tom Izzo. Both coaches either delayed or failed to act when staff members or students under their charge were accused of assault.

It was also revealed in the report that Michigan State did not notify federal authorities it was investigating Nassar in 2014, back when the feds were on campus. That lack of accountability in such a delicate case is unacceptable.

The NCAA lost face when it handed relatively light sanctions to Penn State and Baylor after their horrible controversies, but it has a chance to make amends by bringing down the hammer this time. The Spartans deserve the death penalty for every sport that covered up sexual assault allegations.

Penn State allowed a child molester in their midst for decades. Baylor had rampant sexual assault allegations for years. Both universities received sanctions and were allowed to continue playing sports. There is no way the NCAA will hand down anything except scholarship reductions and a postseason ban.

Michigan State has already been clearing house with the resignations of the Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis. The school had horrible leadership and is correcting it. A death penalty would cripple the school and take away revenue that helps the entire student body. Heavy sanctions should be enough.

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