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National sports columnist: Engler’s response to Nassar survivor an “extraordinary failure”

Kate Wells
Michigan Radio
Interim MSU President John Engler listens to Lorincz's statement at Friday's meeting.

What struck Dan Wetzel, a national columnist for Yahoo Sports, most about last Friday’s MSU board meeting was the way Michigan State University Interim President John Engler interrupted Nassar survivor Kaylee Lorincz as she tried to tell a story about him.

“For him to interrupt her, to say, ‘Your time’s up’ – it’s like he has no idea,” Wetzel said. “I don’t think he even knows what the phrase means these days. It tells me he’s not paying attention to anything. He seemed to say it without irony.”

Especially in the era of the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment, Wetzel called it an “extraordinary failure” of understanding.

He wrote an article for Yahoo Sports on Friday titled, "After ridiculous Larry Nassar board meeting, Michigan State needs to clean house. Again."

Listen above to hear Wetzel’s conversation with Stateside host Cynthia Canty. You’ll hear him explain why he thinks John Engler “never was a good choice” for this position, and describe how MSU’s handling of the Nassar scandal compares with Penn State’s handling of the Sandusky scandal.

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