Michigan State trustee Mitch Lyons is backtracking after he said Wednesday that former Spartans defensive lineman Auston Robertson was the player who told coach Mark Dantonio about an alleged sexual assault by three other former Spartans football players.
Lyons told The Detroit News that he “misspoke” and “confused the cases with Robertson having legal issues of his own.”
He told MLive he had “multiple cases going on and get confusing at times.”
Robertson was kicked off the team after he was charged in a separate alleged sexual assault.
When Auston Robertson came into his office for a regular weekly meeting, Coach D asked him the regular questions you typically ask him, and he became a little emotional. He didn’t even go into details, he just alluded to the fact that something happened, and Coach D had a sense that it involved some sexual allegation.
The three players kicked off were Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, all of whom were dismissed from the team after being charged with criminal sexual conduct on Tuesday.
Another Michigan State trustee said Lyons’ comments “damaged the university,” but could not confirm or deny the truthfulness of those comments.
— Brian Mosallam (@Bmosallam63) June 7, 2017