Players made unwanted sexual contact and threats such as, "I am going to Sandusky you", Humphries claims in the lawsuit. The latter is, of course, an alleged reference to the former Penn State defensive coordinator serving a prison sentence on child sexual abuse charges.
The lawsuit states the abuse resulted in Humphries giving up his football scholarship at Penn State and transferring to the University of California.
Ultimately, Humphries says he had enough and transferred out of Penn State to the Univ. of California, where he now plays for the Golden Bears. The hazing alleged in the suit includes the participants stating they meant to make the underclassmen "their bitch because this is a prison". Penn State has not yet officially commented on the case. Sandusky is now in prison. Humphries claims he was asked to do impossible conditioning drills and slandered when he tried to transfer out of the program.
Humphries claims the abuse was physical.
"On multiple occasions, the plaintiff reported to members of the Pennsylvania State University football team coaching staff that he and other lower classmen were being subjected to harassment and hazing in the football locker room".
The lawsuit claims some of the alleged hazing acts were witnessed by members of the Penn State football team and its coaching staff.
Humphries claims that both he and his father - a former Penn State standout and National Football League player - reported the alleged hazing to Franklin and other members of the coaching staff, but "no substantive action was taken" by Franklin or the other coaches, nor did Franklin or any other coaches report the allegations to "appropriate individuals or offices" at the university.
However, Humphries says the Penn State Univ. Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response launched its own investigation after receiving an anonymous complaint and ultimately found that Damion Barber violated school rules by hazing players.
In retaliation for his report, Franklin and his staff required Humphries to participate in drills created to ensure his failure "to justify an opinion that (his) performance was not sufficient to award him a game playing opportunity", Marino wrote. Luketa allegedly threatened to have Humphries shot and killed if he ever entered "his city" in Canada.
Humphries' lawsuit claims the team's academic adviser subjected him to "irrational and inappropriate censure", and that he was denied medical accommodations to manage anxiety and loss of sleep by Franklin's staff. Humphries says Franklin and the coaching staff then bad-mouthed him to other football programs when he informed them he was considering transferring.
The suit alleges, among other things, that participants in the alleged harassing would place their genitals in the faces of players who were pinned to the floor.
The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
The lawsuit names the university, Franklin and ex-teammate Damion Barber as defendants in the case.
Barber is also accused of intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.
Humphries' attorney is Steven Marino.