Aly Raisman Slams USA Gymnastics Over Proposed Sex Abuse Settlement
By Bill Galluccio
March 2, 2020
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman ripped into USA Gymnastics officials during an interview with Today on Monday (March 2). Raisman is angry over a proposed settlement relating to the years of horrific sexual abuse gymnasts were forced to endure at the hands of Larry Nassar, the team's doctor. She explained her biggest issue with the $215 million settlement is that it releases officials from liability, calling the deal a "cover-up."
"It's honestly offensive," Raisman said. "It shows they don't care. They're just trying to push it under the rug and hoping people will forget about it when they watch the Olympics this summer."
Raisman said that she has been stonewalled in her attempt to get documents relating to the case. She wants to know how Nassar was able to get away with sexually abusing young gymnasts so she can help ensure it doesn't happen again.
"I personally would like to see USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee release all their documents and data because they are not doing that. They're not answering our questions."
Simone Biles, who has won more medals than any other American gymnast and one Raisman's Olympic teammates, blasted the proposed settlement on Twitter.
Ugh at the airport. Heading to team camp. Still want answers from USAG and USOPC. Wish they BOTH wanted an independent investigation as much as the survivors & I do. Anxiety high. Hard not to think about everything that I DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT!!!
And don’t THEY also want to know HOW everything was allowed to happen and WHO let it happen so it NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN? Shouldn’t people be held accountable? Who do I ask??? I’m torn at this point....
And don’t THEY also want to know HOW everything was allowed to happen and WHO let it happen so it NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN? Shouldn’t people be held accountable? Who do I ask??? I’m torn at this point....— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) February 29, 2020
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