“All Hail Spencer! King of all the Gymternet!”
MSU under fire: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to launch an investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of Larry Nassar’s abuse case. The Detroit News editorial board calls this a “welcome development”.
Rising legal fees: MSU’s legal expenses are approaching $5 million and are expected to surpass the cost of Penn State’s abuse scandal. Controversy abounds as to who will foot this bill: Will taxpayers bear the burden? Will this cause a rise in tuition?
Meanwhile, three weeks after MSU moved to establish a $10 million victims’ fund, not much information is available, and survivors are not happy.
Nassar will appeal: Unable to pay the $505 needed to appeal his 60-year child porn sentence, Larry Nassar will still be allowed to appeal as an “indigent,” meaning the fee is waived.
Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin has spoken up about USAG, saying that “change is needed” at the org following the sex abuse scandal, and that her father and national team coordinator Valeri Liukin is on board.
Required reading: Why isn’t this case getting the same amount of attention as Penn State? Champion Women CEO Nancy Hogshead-Makar says gender plays a clear role.
Someday, we’ll have good news in this section. Someday.
Gator bummer: Florida freshman Vanasia Bradley has officially retired due to injury and will act as a student coach.
#SpartanStrong: Confusingly named Michigan State gymnast Gabriella Douglas had surgery on her ACL. Get well soon, GD!
Finally, here’s a full NCAA schedule to simply forward along to your boss and loved ones so they don’t call for a welfare check.
What the actual hell: Ukrainian Olympic gold and silver medalist Oleg Verniaiev had leg and shoulder surgery, sharing a photo of himself in his partially mummified state.
Whip it good: World medalist Donnell Whittenburg is doing some hands-free flipping after shoulder surgery.
Biopic time: Simone’s Lifetime original movie “The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar” premieres February 3 at 8 PM EST. My future: “Jess, what are you watching?” “[Closes computer way too quickly] Nothing.”
Because you asked…
FYI: We love you too, Laurie.
Golden girls: Nastia and Laurie Hernandez made appearances at last night’s Golden Globes. They also got all dolled up for the Winter Games send-off party, Gold Meets Golden. Meanwhile, I got chocolate on my pajamas.
Windu’s a fan: Samuel L. Jackson was spotted looking grumpy at the 2018 Atlanta Crown Invitational.
Need to know
Teaching kids about touch and consent needs to start at the very beginning, and lil’ flippers coach Alina Williams is here to share her strategies with us.
Meanwhile, people got their Fantasy Gym teams and had feelings about them. I, on the other hand, am steering clear of that hurricane water cooler to spend quality time with my loved ones, Harrison and Bruce.
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