Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Michigan fan waves Lizzy Seeberg sign on live 'College GameDay' telecast



ESPN's "College GameDay" security is reevaluating its sign-screening process in the wake of an incident before Saturday's Michigan-Notre Dame game.

During the program's live morning broadcast from Ann Arbor, Mich., a Michigan fan is seen waving a sign that reads: "Hi Lizzy Seeberg."

Seeberg was a 19-year-old freshman at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., who accused a Notre Dame football player of sexually assaulting her in August 2010.

Two days after the incident was reported to authorities, Seeberg got a text from a friend of the player she had accused, telling her that "messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea."

Eight days after the text, she was found dead in her dorm room. The cause of death was a suspected drug overdose.

No charges were ever filed in the case, but her death led to an investigation into the culture of sexual violence at Notre Dame.

An ESPN representative told Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch that allowing the sign to air was a mistake.

"Security at the gate, screening each fan who enters the pit, makes a good faith (effort) to remove vulgar, profane, overtly inappropriate, sexual or exploitive signs," the representative was quoted as saying. "Clearly, and regrettably, this one was missed."

Published Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 12:06 am EDT

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