“It’s an incredible sacrifice to speak out.”
Help. I’m living under a rock. What’s happening? McKayla Maroney filed a lawsuit last Wednesday alleging that USA Gymnastics “coerced” her into signing a confidentiality clause–part of a $1.25 million settlement–in an effort to cover up national team doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse. The suit claims that the confidentiality portion of the settlement is illegal in California.
The lawsuit also mentions USAG’s tweet wishing Maroney a happy birthday and congratulating her on her bravery for coming forward—ironic since in doing so, Maroney broke her agreement with USAG.
This rock is heavy. What does USAG say? They say the settlement was legal, and that Maroney’s then-attorney Gloria Allred initiated it.
What about the USOC? The suit alleges that the US Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, along with USAG, concealed their knowledge of Nassar’s abuse. The USOC says they had no knowledge of the abuse or the agreement, and MSU has yet to respond.
Who’s John Manly? That’s Maroney’s current attorney, who filed the suit. In an interview, he said that Fran Sepler, then a member of the US SafeSport board, failed to report Maroney’s abuse to the authorities when she first interviewed her in January 2016. He also says USAG wrote the agreement.
Required reading: 10.0 Gymnastics of Fort Worth’s Head Coach Dallas Gust’s open letter to USAG.
The state of Michigan
Please help. I can’t lift the rock: So sorry to hear that. Police reports show that MSU knew about Larry Nassar’s conduct and still allowed him to see patients for more than two years.
The G-men are here: The FBI interviewed MSU employees to see what, if anything, they knew, and when.
A “break”? What’s that? Smokey-eyed goddess Aliya Mustafina announced that she will compete AA at Russian Champs in April, reports Gymnovosti. Check out this hot take from self-professed AA champ @Jordynsleftbrow.
She’s baaaaack: Silver swan Viktoria Komova placed second in the all-around at her first competition in two years, and compatriot Angelina Melnikova took the gold. Here’s a recap, and here are full results.
Welcome freshmen: In part two of our NCAA Elites series, this year’s freshman class includes one country’s first-ever Olympic WAG athlete.
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The best of the best of the best, sir: Who had the top scores in AA and on each apparatus this year? Take it all in, with a grain of salt.
2018 is coming: Mark your calendar and tell your boss you might be sick that week.
What was your favorite gym moment of 2017? Tell us, now. YOU CAN DO IT.
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