Penn State asking court to dismiss hazing lawsuit filed by former football player
Penn State University and head football coach James Franklin are requesting that a Pennsylvania court dismiss a hazing lawsuit filed by a former football player, according to a report from The Morning Call.
Mark Wogenrich of The Morning Call reported that the school and Franklin filed a motion to dismiss on Monday in U.S. District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit, filed by former player Isaiah Humphries, consists of “implausible theory,” according to the motion from the university and head coach.
The initial lawsuit was filed in January against Franklin, football player Damion Barber and Penn State University. Humphries alleged that he was “hazed and harassed” while he was a member of the Nittany Lions football program. Humphries also alleges that some of the hazing was sexual in nature, and the name Jerry Sandusky was referenced at times.
Humphries lawsuit consists of eight counts. When Penn State investigated the claims, the Office of Sexual Misconduct and Response and Office of Student Conduct could not substantiate the allegations.
Humphries was a member of Penn State’s football team in 2018. He has since transferred to the University of California.