MSU in­terim pres­i­dent crit­i­cized vic­tim in emails

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports -

Emails show the in­terim pres­i­dent of Michigan State Univer­sity crit­i­cized lawyers who rep­re­sent Larry Nas­sar’s as­sault vic­tims and said a for­mer gym­nast prob­a­bly was get­ting a “kick­back” from her at­tor­ney.

John En­gler’s re­marks were made to a univer­sity lawyer in April, a month be­fore Michigan State agreed to a $500 mil­lion set­tle­ment with hun­dreds of women and girls who said they were as­saulted by Nas­sar, a sports doc­tor. The Chron­i­cle of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Detroit Free Press re­ported on the emails Wed­nes­day.

En­gler said he thought vic­tims were “be­ing ma­nip­u­lated by trial lawyers” and that lawyers would get “mil­lions of dol­lars more” than their clients.

En­gler said he thought Rachael Den­hol­lan­der was likely get­ting a kick­back from her lawyer. She has been out­spo­ken and in 2016 was the first to pub­licly say she was a Nas­sar vic­tim. Den­hol­lan­der says En­gler’s com­ments re­flect a “cul­ture of abuse.”

BAS­KET­BALL

Anne Dono­van, the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer who won a na­tional cham­pi­onship at Old Do­min­ion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wed­nes­day of heart fail­ure. She was 56.

Dono­van’s fam­ily con­firmed the death in a state­ment.

“While it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to ex­press how dev­as­tat­ing it is to lose Anne, our fam­ily re­mains so very grate­ful to have been blessed with such a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing,” the state­ment said. “Anne touched many lives as a daugh­ter, sis­ter, aunt, friend and coach. Anne was a per­son with strong faith, coura­geous spirit, a giv­ing heart and love for every­one,” her fam­ily’s state­ment con­tin­ued. “We are so proud of her ac­com­plish­ments as a women’s bas­ket­ball player and coach, but even more proud of her char­ac­ter, in­tegrity, hu­mil­ity and kind­ness.”

Dono­van was at the Women’s Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Ten­nessee, last week­end.

She was in­ducted into the Naismith Me­mo­rial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in 1995, was part of the in­au­gu­ral class of the Women’s Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in 1999 and was in­ducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL

Jor­dan McNair, a Univer­sity of Mary­land foot­ball player hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter an or­ga­nized team work­out two weeks ago, has died.

Mary­land ex­ec­u­tive ath­letic direc­tor Da­mon Evans said McNair was hos­pi­tal­ized May 29 and died Wed­nes­day. He was 19.

The school would not dis­close the cause of death. McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound of­fen­sive line­man pre­par­ing for his sopho­more sea­son. A grad­u­ate of McDonogh High School, McNair played one game last sea­son.

Af­ter lead­ing McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a se­nior, McNair chose Mary­land over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rut­gers.

In a state­ment, Mary­land coach DJ Durkin said, “Our team is heart­bro­ken with the loss of Jor­dan McNair. Jor­dan was an in­cred­i­ble young man, and his pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm made him an in­valu­able and beloved mem­ber of our team.”

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