EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) M.S.U. Interim President John Engler made some controversial comments yesterday about Larry Nassar victims and not many are happy about it.
In a string of e-mails made public, Engler wrote that Nassar victim Rachael Denhollander was probably getting a “kick-back” from her attorney.
Denhollander sent a statement 6 News today saying: “MSU is in need of a complete leadership change.”
An attorney who represented many Nassar victims in court agrees and hopes to see Engler resign.
“It’s time for John Engler to go,” said Attorney Jamie White. “This is not personal; I do not personalize these things. I was one of a few who hoped that he would succeed in this role, he has failed miserably. He continues to fail.”
White says in his time as an attorney during the Larry Nassar scandal, he’s been disappointed with the university.
“I said after we settled the case that it’s my hope personally and professionally that Michigan State University will take this opportunity to be a leader nationally and locally as it pertains to these issues, and this is an extraordinary setback,” said White.
M.S.U. Trustee Brian Mosallam also sent a statement to 6 News today saying: “I think Engler needs to think long and hard about whether he is the right person for the job. I have serious concerns about MSU’s ability to turn the page while Engler remains the university’s interim president.”
Trustee Dianne Byrum says it’s been a hard time and they’re trying to focus on the future, but she wants Engler to say sorry.
“I thought his comments were harmful and I called on him to apologize immediately,” said Byrum.
As for Rachael Denhollander, the first to publicly say she was a Larry Nassar victim back in 2016, she says it’s impossible for the university to move forward with Engler still in office.
MSU officials said today that Engler isn’t going to respond to Trustee Byrum’s comments demanding him to apologize.