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Penn State Football Trainer Resigns in Wake of Hazing Death

Tim Bream lived in fraternity house in which pledge Timothy Piazza sustained injuries that lead to his death.

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The head football trainer for Penn State, Tim Bream, is resigning a year after his involvement in a Beta Theta Pi hazing death. Bream was living in the fraternity house at the time of the young man’s death as an advisor.

In his testimony regarding the event last August, Bream said: “I, in no way, shape, or form, would give permission to any type of alcohol abuse, gauntlet, or anything like that.” The members of the now-defunct fraternity are facing charges for the death including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

The parents of the young man who died last year, Timothy Piazza, are reportedly happy that Bream is retiring.

In a statement regarding Bream’s involvement, the Piazzas said, “there is no way he didn’t know there was an illegal hazing event with alcohol going on and because he lived there for years, there is no way he didn’t know there was a history of illegal hazing and excessive drinking going on.”

There was no official reason given by Bream for his retirement. Penn State athletics said in a statement that Bream will be retiring at the end of the month and that they wish him luck in his future endeavors. Before working for Penn State athletics, he worked for the Chicago Bears and the athletic departments of the University of Richmond, Vanderbilt University, Syracuse University, and West Virginia University.

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Caitlin Wills is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She has written for various websites including The Odyssey Online and The Tempest, and currently writes album reviews for MXDWN. She is also an avid fiction writer and is working on writing a novel. Follow her on Twitter @caitlinjherrera.

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