Coach Dantonio releases statement regarding allegations against him in lawsuit

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EAST LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Spartan football coach Mark Dantonio released a statement Friday regarding allegations against him revealed in a lawsuit filed by a former staffer.

Curtis Blackwell left MSU in 2017 after his contract expired. He's suing Dantonio, former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and former Athletic Director Mark Hollis claiming that he was set up, and wrongfully terminated.

In a deposition released to media Thursday, Blackwell claims Dantonio ignored warnings from two of his assistant coaches about bringing football player Auston Robertson to campus because of his criminal background in high school.

Currently, Robertson is serving 10 years in prison for a sexual assault on MSU's campus in 2017.

In the statement released to media Friday night, Dantonio says "the fact that Mr. Blackwell's contract was not renewed has nothing to do with Auston Robertson rather than engage in a public argument with former staffer, I refer you to previous statements."

He goes on to say there were several investigations into how his program handled sexual assaults and they found no violations.

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