Mel Tucker hearing: Testimony from assistants to play key role in harassment allegations
Mel Tucker’s hearing into the sexual harassment allegations delivered by Brenda Tracy is set for this week. While the head coach has already been fired for cause by Michigan State, the hearing will determine the outcome of the ongoing sexual harassment case.
As for that hearing, Kenny Jacoby with USA TODAY reports the testimony from 4 low-level assistants is expected to play “outsized roles” in determining Tucker’s culpability. Two of those assistants include current members of the Spartan program and another is a former assistant for Tucker.
According to Jacoby, those individuals were involved in arranging or canceling Tracy’s campus visits. The accounts of those witnesses could help determine if Tucker’s cancellation of one of Tracy’s return visits to East Lansing as originally intended was punishment for Tracy’s rejection of Tucker’s advances.
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NEW: Four low-level assistants — including three from MSU football— could play key roles in the Mel Tucker case, which is set for a hearing tomorrow.
Their statements contradict his account and could help show he engaged in quid pro quo sexual harassment.https://t.co/ahivRSsAPo
— Kenny Jacoby (@kennyjacoby) October 4, 2023
According to Jacoby’s report, one of the football staffers said Tucker had previously given a different reason for canceling one of Tracy’s visits that contradicts the head coach’s account.
According to that assistant’s account, Tucker claimed he canceled a July 2022 visit from Tacy because he didn’t want sexual misconduct training to be the first activity for players upon returning from summer break. However, Tucker blamed that cancellation on a scheduling conflict with a new mental conditioning coach.
Tucker’s hearing is set to begin on Thursday.