“This Is Bull” – Fans Come to the Defense of Football Coach Mel Tucker Accused of Sex Allegations

The football coach was suspended pending the results of an investigation that he sexually harassed activist and rape survivor Brenda Tracy during a phone call last year; here’s the details of the complaint.

Sexually Harassed

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Tucker’s suspension was announced after USA Today reported that a rape survivor and activist with whom he had a business relationship alleged that he had sexually harassed her. 

She Spoke on Three Occasions

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Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor, author and survivor advocate, alleges Tucker sexually harassed her in a phone call in 2022.

Tucker previously invited Tracy to speak to the football team, which she did on three occasions.

New Coach

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In a Sunday afternoon news conference, MSU athletic director Alan Haller announced the suspension.

He said secondary coach Harlon Barnett will serve as interim head coach, and Mark Dantonio, Michigan State’s former head coach, has been named an associate head coach.

New Developments

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Haller, who said he learned of the complaint in late December and MSU accepted an outside investigator’s report on the allegations on July 25, did not disclose what changed since Tucker coached the team Saturday afternoon to prompt the unpaid suspension.

However, he did say, “There were ‘new developments’, we’re always evaluating.”

$95 Million Contract

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The school hired an outside Title IX attorney to investigate Tracy’s complaint, and the investigation concluded in July.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5-6 to determine if Tucker violated the school’s sexual harassment and exploitation policy.

Tucker is in the third year of a $95 million, 10-year contract, and if he is fired for cause, the school would not have to pay him what’s remaining on his deal.

Suspended Without Pay

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Michigan State may fire Tucker for cause if he “engages in any conduct which constitutes moral turpitude or which, in the University’s sole judgment, would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt or ridicule upon the university,” according to his contract.

The school could also suspend Tucker without pay if he “materially breaches” his contract.

Masturbated on the Phone

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Tracy filed a complaint with Michigan State University’s Title IX office in December. The investigation is ongoing.

The phone call in question took place on April 28, 2022.

Tracy’s complaint states that Tucker made sexual comments about her and masturbated.

Rape Victim

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In 1998, Tracy was the victim of rape, allegedly by four men, including two Oregon State football players.

Since then, she has toured colleges and met with NFL teams to discuss sexual assault.

Tucker Confession

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Tucker acknowledged masturbating while on the phone with Tracy in a statement to investigators in March but characterized the incident as “consensual phone sex.”

The 51-year-old Tucker is married and has two children.

Tracy’s Trauma

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“The idea that someone could know me and say they understand my trauma but then re-inflict that trauma on me is so disgusting to me, it’s hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” Tracy said in the report.

“It’s like he sought me out just to betray me.”

Coach Tucker’s Response

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“Ms. Tracy’s distortion of our mutually consensual and intimate relationship into allegations of sexual exploitation has really affected me,” Tucker wrote in a March 22 letter to the Title IX investigator.

“I am not proud of my judgment, and I am having difficulty forgiving myself for getting into this situation, but I did not engage in misconduct by any definition.”

Social Media Blew Up

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Some readers doubted the validity of the complaint, writing, “It sounds like she liked him and he liked her, they had phone sex, then she talked about it with others and that made him nervous and so he cut the relationship off.

That upset her, and now she’s trying to get him fired. I’m sorry, this is bull.”

Railroaded

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“Mel Tucker is getting railroaded here, and most people in sports media are afraid to speak out on this because they’re afraid if they don’t immediately believe every word from this woman that, they’ll get publicly attacked and might lose their jobs.” was another opinion.

Hope He Saved Some $$

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Others were more pragmatic, saying, “No way he escapes this in today’s climate. Hope he saved some $”

Snapping His Carrot

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Then there was this raw response: “Didn’t he admit to snapping his carrot on the phone with her?

How can he command any respect in the locker room after that?”

Poor Example

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“Not much of an example to the young men he is supposed to coach and inspire.” declared one user on X.

MSU Is Supportive and Caring

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Interim university President Teresa K. Woodruff said at Sunday’s news conference, “The Michigan State University of today is creating a culture that is welcoming, supportive and caring.

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