Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to sue NCAA over Penn State fines in wake of Sandusky sexual abuse
University agreed to pay $60M fine
Last Updated: 142 days ago
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's governor says he intends to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA in an effort to overturn what he said were "harsh penalties" against Penn State because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Gov. Tom Corbett, flanked by members of his staff and current and former students and athletes from the school, says the NCAA punished students, the community and businesses around the university, not the former assistant football coach who molested children.
The sanctions imposed in July included a $60 million fine for child abuse prevention grants, a four-year bowl game ban for the university's marquee football program and the forfeiture of 112 wins.
Corbett says the lawsuit to be filed later Wednesday would show the NCAA actions were overreaching and unlawful.
In a statement, NCAA officials said they were disappointed with Corbett's action.
"Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy -- lives that were destroyed by the criminal actions of Jerry Sandusky," the statement read. "While the innocence that was stolen can never be restored, Penn State has accepted the consequences for its role and the role of its employees and is moving forward. Today's announcement by the Governor is a setback to the university's efforts."
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