Whit­mer: New MSU lead­er­ship needed

Gov can­di­date tweets photo of trus­tee, writes ‘It’s time to go’

The Detroit News - - Nation & World - BY KIM KOZLOWSKI The Detroit News

Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Gretchen Whit­mer weighed in on the Larry Nas­sar scan­dal this week when she tweeted about the lat­est law­suit against Michi­gan State Univer­sity, im­ply­ing that MSU Trus­tee Ge­orge Per­les should step down.

The suit, filed this week in fed­eral court by Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dent Erika Davis, al­leged that Nas­sar video­taped him­self in 1992 rap­ing Davis, then a 17-year-old field hockey player. The suit also al­leges that when her MSU coach com­plained about it, Per­les, then the head foot­ball coach and former ath­letic di­rec­tor, in­ter­vened and cov­ered it up.

On her Twit­ter feed, Whit­mer posted a link to The Detroit News’ re­port on the law­suit, which in­cluded a photo of Per­les, 84, along with a com­ment.

“It is time to go,” she tweeted. Whit­mer’s tweet comes as Per­les, who was not named in the law­suit, ob­tained out­side le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion days af­ter his son, Pat Per­les, de­nied the suit’s al­le­ga­tions about his father and as MSU stu­dent groups dis­cussed call­ing for Per­les, a long­time trus­tee, to re­sign.

Pa­trick Hickey, a Detroit­based lawyer, was re­tained by Per­les on Fri­day. He de­clined to an­swer numer­ous ques­tions, say­ing he had just be­gun rep­re­sent­ing the MSU trus­tee.

“Next week I will I will be more up to speed, af­ter I spend more time with Mr. Per­les,” said Hickey. “We’ll be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to make a state­ment, if we make a state­ment.”

Whit­mer’s sched­ule on Fri­day did not al­low her to elab­o­rate on her tweet, said her spokesman,

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