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The greatest basketball player in Michigan State Spartans history says the university needs to be held accountable in the wake of criticism on how the athletic department officials handled sexual assault complaints against athletes. In a series of tweets Monday morning (Jan. 28), Magic Johnson, who led the Spartans to a national title in 1979 before a Hall of Fame NBA career, called on everyone involved to find a solution.


The school has been accused of covering up a series of sexual assault claims involving the athletic department. Last week, former Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar received a sentence of up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven charges of molestation. He has been accused by more than 100 girls and women of sexual abuse through his post at the school and his work with USA Gymnastics.

Michigan State is named as a co-defendant in civil lawsuits filed by more than 150 women, many of whom claim that coaches, athletic trainers, and others at the school ignored complaints about Nassar for nearly two decades.

University president Lou Anna Simon resigned last Wednesday amid growing calls for a change in leadership, mainly because of how the administration has handled the fallout from Nassar’s crimes.

Longtime basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio have both stated publicly they are not stepping down from their positions amid the scandal, in which some of their former players were named.