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Cal safety Isaiah Humphries sues Penn State, former teammates and James Franklin for violent hazing

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Warning: Some of the details in these allegations are graphic.

California Golden Bears transfer safety Isaiah Humphries has filed a federal lawsuit against his former program at Penn State. In the suit, Humphries alleges a practice of violent, sexual hazing. He also alleges that head coach James Franklin did not punish the perpetrators, but instead instilled a series of measures designed to punish Humphries.

Teammates named in the suit include defensive tackle Damion Barber, linebackers Micah Parsons and Jesse Luketa and defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos. Allegations include the following:

  • Hazers told Penn State underclassmen that they were “their b—h because this is a prison”, threatening them with sexual assault.
  • Hazing actions alleged include the perpetrators exposing themselves to victims, humping on victims, stealing clothes of victims and sexually assaulting victims in the shower.
  • Perpetrators also are alleged to have use the phrase “I am going to Sandusky you”, in reference to disgraced child molester and former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
  • These hazings took place while Penn State coaching staff were present.
  • Humphries states that he and his father complained to coaches and were ignored.
  • Instead, Humphries claims that the Penn State staff placed him in drills where he was designed to fail, subjected to academic retaliation, was negatively reviewed by his staff when he tried to transfer, and denied medical accommodations for anxiety and narcolepsy.
  • Luketa threatening to gun down Humphries after reporting allegations.

Humphries transferred to Cal in the 2019 offseason. He is expected to be one of several contenders for the open starting safety positions, as both Ashtyn Davis and Jaylinn Hawkins graduate.