Friday September 19th, 2014

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann made a joke about the child sexual abuse scandal involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, NJ Advance Media reports. 

According to the report, during a staff meeting last fall, Hermann was talking about trying to "reach out and touch" donors, but said to do so “not in a Jerry Sandusky-type way.”

Sandusky is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years for sexually abusing multiple boys over a 15-year period.

"Julie's comment was an off the cuff response to a give-and-take interaction urging the fundraising team to reach out and touch the donors,” senior vice president for external affairs Pete McDonough said. "There probably isn't a person alive today who hasn't made an impromptu remark in a private meeting that probably shouldn't have been said. Even taken out of context, this single comment was not directed at Penn State, its students, staff or faculty.”

Earlier in the week, Hermann and other Rutgers staff apologized to Penn State officials for "regrettable actions" of some fans during Rutgers' Big 10 opener against the Nittany Lions last Saturday.

Hermann has drawn criticism on multiple occasions in the past for controversial comments.

- Scooby Axson

 

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