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Packers' Murphy enters Northwestern scandal discussion

It was only a matter of time before the name of Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy was named in a lawsuit related to the ongoing hazing scandal at Northwestern University.


ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported on Thursday that Murphy's name was included in the latest lawsuit stemming from the scandal that also listed former coach Pat Fitzgerald, former university president Henry Bienen and the school's board of trustees as defendants. The unidentified plaintiffs allege similar things discussed in other lawsuits that have already been filed: hazing, sexual abuse, and racial discrimination ran rampant throughout the department, let alone the football team. Members of the administration are charged with knowing about the toxic culture within the department and the program itself and doing nothing about it. Fitzgerald has maintained his lack of knowledge about the hazing and evaluating his options against Northwestern after his initial two-week suspension turned into his dismissal. Players and coaches have stood up for the former head coach while more than a dozen players have collaborated on the hazing and discrimination accusations.


Murphy was the athletic director at Northwestern from 2003 to 2007 before he was hired away by the Packers in 2008. It was his decision to hire Fitzgerald in 2006 in the wake of the sudden death of Randy Walker. The most recent lawsuit features players that would have played for the program from 2004 to 2008, coinciding with Murphy's tenure. Murphy declined to comment on the matter to Rittenberg and members of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

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