USOC wants gymnastics board to quit over Nassar abuse

USOC wants gymnastics board to quit over Nassar abuse

After the judge concluded the sentencing, witnesses and courtroom spectators applauded. "Real women and children whose abuse was enjoyed for sexual fulfillment by the defendant", said Denhollander.

"Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect on myself and has shaken me to my core", he said to his dozens of victims. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina allowed more than 150 survivors to read victim impact statements.

"No, your honor", Nassar said. "Are you guilty, sir?" I'm giving you 175 years, which is 2,100 months ...

After a long pause, Nassar said quietly, "I have said my plea, exactly".

"I think what we've seen over the past week may have been a watershed moment in our country", said attorney John Manly, who represents more than 100 women in civil lawsuits.

Aquilina also read from a letter to the court penned by Nassar, who wept during parts of victim testimony.

The previous year and a half has been very hard for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community, and for me personally. He has sat through much of the proceedings with his head bowed, not making eye contact with the victims.

"You have not taken gymnastics away from me".

"We were subjected to Dr. Nassar at every national team camp monthly", Nichols said.

I don't feel sorry for him. She had been an anonymous accuser until she spoke in court this week. And I believe she did that for a lot of women. Denhollander's heroics opened the floodgates for more than 140 women to step forward to accuse Nassar, including Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney.

Nassar had pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct and admitted to using his trusted medical position to assault and molest girls under the guise of medical treatment.

Former gymnast Kaylee Lorincz reacts as former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. He was the team physician for both Michigan State and Team USA gymnastics. The gymnastics body and the school have asked a judge to dismiss the cases.

MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis responded Wednesday, "Since my first day on the job as athletic director, my focus has always been on student-athletes".

Michigan's two US senators joined a growing chorus of people calling on MSU President Lou Anna Simon to resign in the wake of the controversy surrounding Larry Nassar.

The Nassar case has brought attention to abuse in the gymnastics.

On Monday, three top board members resigned in wake of the scandal and continued criticism, following the exit last March of the federation's president and chief executive. "We will make the results public", Blackmun wrote.

Blackmun also wrote that the USOC would look to decertify USA Gymnastics, which selects and trains United States teams competing for Olympic and world championships in the sport, if it doesn't "fully embrace the necessary changes in their governance structure along with other mandated changes". And that they exposed this truth, and that they continue to cover this story.



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