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Penn State football coach James Franklin, players named in hazing lawsuit


Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State coach, is serving a prison sentence after his conviction on child sex abuse charges in 2012.Former teammates Damion Barber, Micah Parsons, Yetur Gross-Matos, and Jesse Luketa were also named in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. Middle District Court on Monday.


Humphries claims that the four players "collectively orchestrated, participated in, and/or facilitated a campaign to harass and haze lower classmen of the Penn State football team," which served as a form of initiation into the program.


The lawsuit also claims the hazers would put their genitals on the bodies of lower classmen while naked in the locker room shower.


He said his athletic performance was unfairly scrutinized, he was made to participate in drills designed to ensure his failure, and then that losing performance in the drills would be used to deny him an opportunity to play in games.He said he was also subjected to "irrational and inappropriate censure" by the team's academic advisor, and the team denied necessary medical accommodations to "manage diagnosed conditions of anxiety and narcolepsy by the Penn State football coaching staff."


When he started to explore transfer options, Humphries said Franklin's staff would provide "negative reviews" to prospective colleges.


Humphries is being represented by Philadelphia attorney Steven Marino, who told ESPN the incident is not isolated to just his client.






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