Larry Nassar denies wrongdoing

If you compiled a list of prominent Gymnastics experts least likely to be charged with sexual abuse, Dr. Larry Nassar would be atop the page.

Friends and colleagues are shocked.

Two former gymnasts, including an Olympic medalist, have accused a prominent, longtime team physician for USA Gymnastics of sexual abuse.

One of the women filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in California. The other filed a complaint last week with police in Michigan. …

“It saddens me greatly,’’ he wrote, “to think that these gymnasts feel I offended them when I was trying to help them.”

His lawyer, Matthew Borgula, said Nassar “emphatically” denies any wrongdoing.

The women said they were molested during multiple treatments in the 1990s and early 2000s. …

The university said Wednesday that it has suspended Nassar from “clinical and patient duties” as it looks into his alleged criminal misconduct. …

Former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of abuse

related – USA Gymnastics statement regarding Indianapolis Star story on Dr. Nassar

(via Jessica O’Beirne)

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

14 thoughts on “Larry Nassar denies wrongdoing”

  1. That article shows he has been accused by at least THREE different gymnasts — the named athlete who went to the police in Michigan, the Olympian who filed suit and the gymnast who went to USA Gymnastics who forced his resignation — completely independently of one another. That’s not a coincidence, so I feel your headline and sympathy is vastly misplaced. The headline should be: Larry Nassar Accused of Abuse, NOT poor Larry the accused.

    That USA Gymnastics thought the original allegation serious enough to alert the police, according to their statement, but still allowed him to resign in good standing and didn’t inform even their own member club who continued to let him work with young athletes is disgusting.

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      1. How would writing “Larry Nassar Accused of Abuse” prove him guilty? It’s simply a description of what has occurred. Even the most scrupulous journalist wouldn’t have a problem with that headline.

        What is your standard for “proven guilty”? Proven guilty in court? Cause many (nay, most) criminals never see the inside of a courtroom. For example, is Marvin Sharp innocent on this site?

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      2. Rick, I know you were a supporter of the Jon Krakauer ‘Missoula’ book. If you think of the principles of how the abused women in that book are treated, does your approach here ring true to your values?

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  2. This is an incredibly disturbing story. Read the full complaint and you’ll be nauseated. The accused women had similar, unthinkable experiences at the hands of this man. USAG seems quite proud of themselves for dealing with the issue in the summer of 2015… but it seems clear that this is not when the issue first surfaced. The gymternet should demand answers from Steve Penny, Kathy Kelly, etc.

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  3. Ric,
    I am a long term fan, but completely agree your intro is off on this piece. Nasser is innocent until proven guilty, but the possible victim is also telling the truth unless proven otherwise.

    Just make a neutral headline and list the article. Whether intended or not, your intro comment indicates some doubt on whether you feel the complainant is telling the truth. This is disappointing from a normally excellent neutral source as yourself. You should just stick to the facts until outcome known.

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    1. Nassar’s professional life is ruined whether or not he is innocent or guilty. Whether he’s found to be innocent or guilty.

      I suspect he will be found guilty. But for now I won’t join the rush to judgement. He’s innocent until proven guilty.

      I’ve known wrongfully accused coaches. It does happen. But very rarely.

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      1. Nothing about the headline “Nassar accused of abuse” would be a rush to judgement. It is a factual description of what has happened.

        Your first sentence is the whole problem with this – the major issue for you is Nassar’s professional life, and not the lives of the girls (now women) he abused, and the safety of all the children to whom USAG has/had a duty of care.

        Also he’s not going to be found guilty because as of yet the only case brought against him is going to civil court, and defendants aren’t declared guilty in civil cases, they’re found liable for damages. Given this, will you wait for a criminal trial before being willing to discuss Nassar as guilty? Why is it necessary to apply the standards of a given institution (law) to another institution (journalism) anyways?

        The major problem with “innocent until proven guilty” in the court of public opinion (which is where we are located – not a court of law) is that the corollary is that the accuser lying until proven truthful. Bringing charges of sexual abuse public is not as simple as finger-pointing; it is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and involves having your character and sexual history minutely scrutinized, receiving death threats, having everyone you’ve even known know incredibly intimate details about your most vulnerable and shame-filled experience, etc. For this reason, it would be ethical to at least acknowledge the perspective of the victims.

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  4. And now revelation of another complaint, in 2014, at Michigan State. Of course, I’m sure all these independent victims — the MSU athlete in ’14, the one who alerted USAG in ’15, the 2000 Olympian and the named gymnast from Kentucky — are all just out to get poor Larry. It’s clearly he who deserves the benefit of the doubt, and not the CHILDREN who allege the abuse. SMDH

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      1. Thanks. I was aware of but unclear on the story of the 3rd complaint. I’ll share that one on social media.

        I suspect more women will come forward soon as it seems he’s guilty. It’s highly unlikely those three were the only victims.

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        1. This is the FOURTH, not third, complaint. This was at MSU in 2014. The complaint USA Gymnastics took to the police that cost him his position was in “early 2015,” according to USAG, and was unrelated to the 2014 investigation by MSU, which USA Gymnastics has confirmed they were “not informed of.”

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