NEW YORK CITY -- The man who was fired as Ohio State's band director marched into the national spotlight Tuesday morning to tell his side of the story.

Appearing on the Today show, Jonathan Waters spoke with Savannah Guthrie about his termination.

"This report was one-sided and I'm here to stand up for our students," he said.

Waters was fired July 24 amid an investigation that concluded Waters was aware of a "sexualized culture" but didn't stop it.

Some of the acts in question include students marching in their underwear, using sexually explicit band names and performing sexually themed stunts.

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"We have taken steps to eliminate activities in the band, and what is so shocking by this report is its inaccuracy and its one-sided nature," he said.

He continued by saying he started making moves on his first day as band director to change the entrenched culture.

"This was my dream job," he told Guthrie. "I love Ohio State and I love those students. I'm here to set the record straight. We have taken tremendous steps to improve the culture and move the band forward. You see the great performances on the field, you see the wonderful things the band has done, and that does not happen without an atmosphere of respect, camaraderie, discipline. All of those wonderful things that we see on the field were also happening in the hearts and souls of our band members."


Upon Guthrie's questioning, Waters admitted he knew of the culture and claims he was making moves to stop it. He also said this culture was around long before he ever started with OSU.

"Let me very clear that harassment of any type is not tolerated and should not be tolerated. We have, as a staff and as a leadership team, taken steps to eliminate those behaviors."

Waters says there are many people who know the "report is flawed."

A group of Waters' supporters have set up a legal defense fund and a Twitter account.

Will he try to get his job back?

"I love Ohio State and I would love an opportunity to work with the university to improve the culture."

Waters was band director since 2012.

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