Things are getting crazier at msu. In the wake of Engler's email stating that he believed Rachel Denhollander (the first Nassar victim to come forward publicly) was doing this all for kickbacks from her attorney and publicity (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michigan-state-university-john-engler-larry-nassar-victim-rachael-denhollander/), he is now being called upon to resign by state lawmakers and msu BOT members.
"The survivors now are being manipulated by trial lawyers who in the end will each get millions of dollars more than any of individual survivors with the exception of Denhollander who is likely to get kickback from Manley for her role in the trial lawyer manipulation," Engler said, misspelling attorney John Manly's name.
Engler "can't conceive that I would do what I've done because it's right, not because I'm getting something from it. I truly pity him. What a sad way to live," Denhollander said in response.
"It's time for John Engler to resign, retire and get out of the way of MSU's future," said [Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge], the first of nine lawmakers to call for Engler's resignation.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing, represents the district that contains the university. Yes, he said, he thinks Engler should resign so the university can heal. He was taken aback by the language of Engler's email.
"I don't know how anyone could feel comfortable talking about survivors like that. I think it goes well beyond any official role, I think it goes to just basic human decency," Hertel said.
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, supports Engler resigning.
"I am very disappointed in his comments about the sister survivors. Not only are they completely off-base, they're coming from someone who is supposed to be reforming a culture of victim blaming and secrecy. This is a clear indicator that his time at MSU needs to come to an end," he said in a statement.
A Michigan State University trustee is calling for the resignation of it's interim president.
In a statement released to News 10 Friday morning, trustee Brian Mosallam called for Interim President John Engler to resign.
Mosallam is the first trustee to do so.
The statement reads in part, " I no longer believe that John Engler’s presence on this campus will allow Michigan State University to move forward. We need leadership that sets a tone of empathy and compassion towards our courageous survivors, and reembraces them as important members of our Spartan community. John Engler simply can no longer do that. And for these reasons, John Engler should step down immediately as this university's interim president."
Wondering when Carol Viventi also gets fired or "asked to resign." Hopefully, she goes down with Engler, b/c she seems just as bad, if not worse.
[Trustee Brian] Mosallam also questions Engler's role as interim president.
Emails also reveal Engler's top aide, Carol Viventi, accused Mosallam of not doing enough to protect Engler.
“This isn't about protecting anybody,” said [Trustee Dianne] Byrum. “This is making sure that we heal the campus community, we provide healing for the survivors and that we focus on the future and making sure that we are changing the culture permanently.”