The former Penn State football player who has filed a civil suit against the university, head coach James Franklin and a player provided a positive good-bye message on social media.
Isaiah Humphries claims in the suit filed on Monday that he was forced out of the program two seasons ago after he reported violent, sexual hazing by other members of the team.
As well as also naming ex-teammate Damion Barber as a defendant in the case, Humphries claims players Micah Parsons, Yetur Gross-Matos and Jesse Luketa facilitated a campaign to harass and haze the underclassmen.
The abuse resulted in Humphries giving up his football scholarship at Penn State and transferring to the University of California, the lawsuit states. Humphries is now seeking unspecified financial damages for the harm it caused to his football career, along with severe physical and emotional distress.
Humphries, who is from Sachse, Texas, announced he was leaving the Penn State program in November of 2018 — without ever playing a down for the Nittany Lions.
In his farewell message on Twitter, Humphries thanked the Penn State coaching staff and said he has “made many friends here that I will dearly miss and it’s going to be hard to leave them here.”
He wished the Nittany Lions good luck in their upcoming bowl game against Kentucky.
Humphries is the son of former Penn State football player Leonard Humphries, who was a standout defensive back from 1989-91 before playing in the NFL. Leonard Humphries was college teammates with Terry Smith, who is now Penn State’s cornerbacks coach and defensive recruiting coordinator.
Leonard Humphries posted on Twitter about his son’s move in November of 2018.
His tweet said, “Son, we support you on making this big decision. I’m very proud as a father, because you put on your big boy pants today and made an executive decision, which might not be popular to some, but to the person it matters the most…it was the best decision for him!!!”
On Tuesday, Penn State said in a statement that the university’s Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, Office of Student Conduct and Penn State Police all investigated Humphries’ allegations. Police forwarded the case to the Centre County District Attorney’s office, which decided not to pursue criminal charges.