Alumni react to MSU assault investigation

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Arrests could be coming in the next few days in the sexual assault investigation involving members of the MSU football team, according to News 10 sources.

Three players and a member of the football staff have been suspended while police look into the late-January incident. Their names have not been released.

On Friday Andre Hutson, who played on Michigan State's national championship basketball team called the allegations disturbing.

He's not jumping to any conclusions, but as a former Spartan Hutson knows how much student athletes' decisions are reflections on their school.

"My message to all the athletes is think about your future, think about your family, think about your university and the people that you represent, because any small incident like this can really be a detriment to a lot of people," said Hutson, who opened the gym Conquest Fitness in DeWitt.

Hutson started on Tom Izzo's team for four years including two final fours, and says based on his experience he's confident MSU is taking the proper steps investigating the sexual assault allegations involving three football players and a staff member.

"They have to take this very seriously and make sure they do all their homework to get the correct answers and talk to the right people to make sure, one, nobody is being accused of false accusations, but two, if there is some truth to it that justice is served and all parties are treated fairly," Hutson added.

Coming on the heels of another sexual assault investigation involving former MSU doctor Larry Nassar, Hutson says it's a blow to the athletic department.

"This is something major and I think the situation now with the MSU football players is kind of leading people to believe that this could be a very similar situation," he noted.

That's why Hutson says he waiting to hear what the investigation turns up and hoping the actions of a few don't overshadow his school's reputation.

"I'm hoping that a lot of questions can get answered here pretty quickly and hopefully not damage the integrity and the professionalism that our university officials carry on a day to day basis," Hutson said.

News 10 reached out to several MSU trustees, none wanted to go on the record and Vice Chairman Joel Ferguson said he didn't think it was a good idea for the university to talk about this.

News 10 did hear from the Director of the Alumni Association, Scott Westerman, he said he is not in a position to comment since he has been out of town.