Former Penn State player sues James Franklin and school over alleged hazing

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Luketa allegedly went as far as threatening to have Humphries killed for complaining about the hazing, Humphries claimed in the lawsuit.

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Humphries also says he and his father Leonard Humphries, a former Penn State and National Football League player, reported the abuse but were ignored.

The police investigation was forwarded to the Centre County district attorney's office, which opted not to file charges, Powers said.

He also claimed his former teammates conspired to encourage him to leave the university, which he did in December 2018.

"Despite the harassment and hazing which was occurring in the football locker room having been reported to defendant coach James Franklin and other members of the Pennsylvania State University football team coaching staff no substantive action was taken by defendant James Franklin or other members of the coaching staff to prevent it". He seeks unspecified financial damages for the harm he says it caused to his football career and to his physical and mental health. He claims he and other Penn State players were wrestled to the ground by the elder players, who then did things like shoving their genitals in the victims' faces and between their buttocks.

The players also allegedly made reference to former coach Jerry Sandusky, who is serving a lengthy jail sentence for sexually abusing boys involved in his charity. Those who resisted were bullied, he contends.

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Sandusky's arrest prompted the firing of Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno, and the university subsequently paid more than $100 million to people who said they had been abused by Sandusky.

Humphries claims he was ordered to perform football drills the coaches knew he would fail as retribution for his complaining.

The former player who filed the suit alleges he was retaliated against for making the reports, including scorn from coaches, "irrational and inappropriate censure" by the team's academic advisor and denial of medical accommodations to treat anxiety and narcolepsy. It further claims that, starting in January 2018, several players "collectively orchestrated, participated in, directed and or facilitated a campaign to harass and haze lower classmen members of the Penn State football team", including the former player who sued.

"The D.A. reviewed the case and decided that no charges would be pursued", the school said. Leonard is a former Penn State football player himself and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1992 NFL draft.

"The University has established processes in place for responding to claims of potential misconduct".

A safety, Humphries was a four-star recruit for the Lions from Sachse, Texas. Humphries sat out the 2019 season and will play for the PAC-12 school as a redshirt sophomore in 2020.

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