A damning new report from The Wall Street Journal claims that the US Olympic Committee was warned about former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar long before his arrest on charges of child pornography and sexual abuse, yet the organization failed to act in stopping Nassar from serially assaulting many dozens of Olympic hopefuls. As of press time, 265 women have come forward to report being abused by Nassar.
According to the report, the USOC failed to act when alerted to Nassar’s then-alleged abuse back in 2015. At the time, USOC believed that USA Gymnastics would handle the situation with Nassar and did not investigate or follow up. The entire board of USAG has resigned in recent weeks in light of Nassar’s widespread prolonged record of abuse, at the behest of USOC.
In correspondence obtained by WSJ, the USOC’s Chief Executive, Scott Blackmun simply told USAG to “do what you have to do,” and otherwise remained hands-off in the face of the mounting allegations. Blackmun is the person who called for the USAG board to resign.
In court today, the father of three of Nassar’s alleged victims lost his cool, running at the former doctor and jumping across a table to attack the man accused of assaulting his kids. Randall Margraves was giving his own statement in court when he snapped, after having asked Judge Janice Cunningham for some “time alone” with Nassar.
After being removed from the court, Margraves returned in handcuffs, saying, “I lost control. I apologize 100 times. I’m definitely calmed down. I’m embarrassed. I’m not here to upstage my daughters. I’m here to help them heal.”
The saga continues for Nassar, however as new investigations mount against him and the organizations he worked for over the last 30 years.
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