LSU interim president releases statement responding to USA Today report of sexual assualt claims levied against former football players
LSU is still reeling from a USA Today investigative report released on Monday that found the university failed to act on several sexual assault accusations levied against a number of former Tiger football players, including running back Derrius Guice. The report found that since Ed Orgeron was hired by the university as its head football coach in 2016, a total of 9 players were reported to authorities “for sexual misconduct and dating violence.”
On Monday evening, the school’s interim president, Tom Galligan, posted a statement on Twitter addressing the report.
“I want to assure you that LSU takes every report of sexual assault or violence seriously,” the statement from Galligan read. “We investigate them thoroughly, support victims sensitively, and hold offenders accountable. However, we are not perfect, and we can, and will do better. A single instance of abuse or sexual violence is one too many.”
The statement also noted that the university would hire a legal firm to perform an “independent, comprehensive review of (LSU)’s Title IX policies and procedures,” a review Galligan said would be finished next spring.
You can read the entire statement below:
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— Tom Galligan (@LSUpresident) November 16, 2020