PSU asks to toss lawsuit

From Mirror reports

Penn State University and football coach James Franklin filed a motion on Monday to dismiss parts of a lawsuit by a former player who claimed he was hazed by other members of the football team.

Isaiah Humphries filed his lawsuit in January, claiming, among other things, that he was told by other football players, “I’m going to Sandusky you,” a reference to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Humphries’ lawsuit is against Penn State, Franklin and current football playerDamion Barber.

Current Nittany Lion players Micah Parsons and Jesse Luketa are named in the lawsuit as two who carried out the hazing, Humphries claims, as well as former player Yetur Gross-Matos.

In their attempt to dismiss three of the eight parts of the lawsuit, Penn State and Franklin are claiming the hazing claims by Humphries are an “implausible theory.”

“Even with the benefit of an expanded definition of hazing under the Piazza Law, Humphries still fails to assert that he was ‘hazed,'” according to the motion. “A person may be guilty of hazing under the Piazza Law when he ‘forces’ a student to engage in prohibited conduct ‘for the purpose of initiating, admitting or affiliating’ or ‘continuing or enhancing’ a student’s status in an organization.

As set forth above, Humphries’ four classmates cannot have plausibly engaged in any such conduct because they were lowerclassmen, not ‘upperclassmen.'”


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