The teal-colored ribbon is for sexual assault prevention and awareness — and there’s a serious reason Michigan State players and coaches are wearing the teal ribbons in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State men’s basketball team looks great so far in the postseason — even former President Barack Obama picked the Spartans to win it all in his March Madness bracket. But around Lansing, Michigan, the news lately has been decidedly darker, especially when it comes to the athletic program. That’s because sexual assault predator Dr. Larry Nassar, who abused hundreds of women including prominent US Olympic gymnasts over decades, worked at Michigan State.
Tom Izzo is wearing a teal ribbon — in honor of sexual assault survivors — while paying homage to the late Jud Heathcote with a JUD pin on his green suit jacket. pic.twitter.com/HV3yvmGr5H
— David Harns (@DavidHarns) February 10, 2018
Nassar’s serial abuse is an unspeakable tragedy, yet the last thing anyone should do now is let it go unspoken — as it did for years. That’s why the coaches and players on the Michigan State Spartans are wearing the teal ribbons in support of Nassar’s victims — or better called, the survivors. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and his staff are wearing the teal ribbons on their lapels, and the Michigan State players are wearing them pinned to their warm-ups. The Michigan State fans have joined in too, with many wearing teal t-shirts instead of the traditional Spartans green.