USA Gymnastics Board To Quit Over Larry Nassar Abuse

Jan 29, 2018, 09:06
USA Gymnastics Board To Quit Over Larry Nassar Abuse

Dozens of Michigan State University students are gathering at a spot on campus to protest the school's handling of sexual abuse allegations against its disgraced former sports doctor, Larry Nassar. "This investigation is and will continue to be independent, it will be thorough, it will be transparent, and it will be prompt". This is about changing the culture at Michigan State University that allowed a predator to exit among us.

Michigan State players said Izzo acknowledged the reports prior to Friday's game but asked his players to stay focused on basketball.

ESPN released today an in-depth investigative story about two hours after athletic director Mark Hollis' announcement, and scrutinized the way both Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio handled allegations of sexual assault against their players. He said by the end of this investigation, there will be a report that will be public for all to read.

He added: "I'm definitely not retiring".

Dantonio also said he would not resign, and was there to "look the people" who instigated the reports "in the eye".

Schuette named veteran prosecutor Bill Forsythe as a special counsel to lead the inquiry.

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She spoke about her concerns with former Michigan State head gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, who didn't believe the allegations, in 1997. When we find out about the problems, it has come from the police or university authorities. Those affected, supporters, and most importantly the victims.

"Their response to this simple request will speak volumes about MSU's willingness to cooperate in this investigation", Schuette said.

The former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing underage girls under the guise of medical treatment. Cassius Winston had 17 points and six assists to help Michigan State win its third in a row and improve to 7-2 in the Big Ten.

In one case, an independent investigator hired by Michigan State to investigate a sexual assault complaint told ESPN that he was ordered not to generate a written report upon the completion of his investigation.

According to a Detroit News investigation, reports of sexual misconduct by Nassar reached at least 14 MSU representatives in the two decades before his arrest, with no fewer than eight women reporting his actions.

"Quite frankly, I think that's in part what got Michigan State in some trouble here in the sense that they withheld certain information - maybe because it was going to put them in a better light", Forsyth said.

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Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. Any suggestion that it engaged in a coverup is "simply false", a school statement asserted last week. He also worked for USA Gymnastics.

"Good to see officials in MI taking steps with an investigation led by special prosecutor".

Numerous women said that when they spoke up about the treatment, they were ignored or their concerns brushed aside by organizations in power, primarily USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and the US Olympic Committee. He also has pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County in MI and is due to be sentenced on those charges on January 31.

Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis has resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Schuette did so, but jabbed the board over the suggestion at a press conference in his office Saturday.

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