Johnson, the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers and partial owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, took to Twitter to give his opinion.
"If anyone was aware of the sexual assault happening to women on the MSU campus from the office of the President, Board of Trustees, athletic department, faculty & campus police, and didn’t say or do anything about it, they should be fired," he said in the first of four tweets.
If anyone was aware of the sexual assault happening to women on the MSU campus from the office of the President, Board of Trustees, athletic department, faculty & campus police, and didn’t say or do anything about it, they should be fired.
The roles of the new President, Board of Trustees, athletic department, faculty, campus police and students will be to work together to create new policies and procedures to ensure this never happens again.
OTL reported two incidents of alleged sexual assaults that involved members of the MSU basketball team, both of which occurred in 2010. The first incident alleges former MSU player and assistant coach Travis Walton took part in a gang rape with other MSU players. The alleged victim told OTL she did not file a police report, but informed Hollis about the incident.
The other alleged incident involved MSU basketball stars Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, who were believed to have raped another woman. That woman filed a police report, but charges were never filed by Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings.
Dunnings was arrested in March 2016 and was jailed on charges for soliciting a prostitute.
"That's absolutely false," Dantonio said Friday in a press conference. "Every incident reported in that article was documented by either police or the Michigan State Title IX office. I've always worked with the proper authorities with dealing with the cases of sexual assault. We've always had higher standards in this program and that will never change."
Head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo also denied any mishandling of sexual assaults brought to his attention.
"We will cooperate with any investigation going forward, as we have always done,” Izzo said Friday.
Izzo, a Hall of Fame coach, also refused to talk about Appling or Payne. He briefly spoke about Walton on Sunday, when he acknowledged Walton left coaching at MSU to play professionally in Europe.
Izzo said, "To be honest with you, I don't remember why he left. I know he went to Europe to play. As you know - I still say I'll cooperate with any investigation that's made. I did it before, & I'm not going to answer any questions that aren't pertaining to basketball." (2/2)
Appling is currently serving a year in jail on a gun charge. Payne's two-way contract with the Orlando Magic was waived on Friday. Walton, an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers' G-League affiliate, was also placed on administrative leave Friday.
Both Izzo and Dantonio insist they have no plans to retire.
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