Michigan State University is suing ESPN over a public records request involving police reports relating to ongoing sexual assault investigations. MSU argues in a court filing that it has been put in an "impossible position" because Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon's office asked the university to withhold the records and ESPN asked for them to be released. An ESPN Inc. reporter submitted a Freedom of Information Act request with the university Feb. 10 seeking all police reports containing allegations of sexual assault since Dec. 10, 2016, as well as records of arrests made between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, according to court documents. The request came one day after MSU announced the suspensions of three MSU football players and a staff member associated with the team amid a sexual assault investigation. MSU provided some reports to ESPN but withheld others because Siemon's office was still deciding whether to issue criminal charges in relation to some reports.
MSU sues ESPN over sex assault investigation records
USA Today | May 3