USOC CEO apologizes, says he was unaware of Nassar abuse

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img “If you’re the USOC and you’re really committed to this, what you should do is get on the phone to the USA (Gymnastics) board and say you’re out or we’re decertifying you,” Manly said.He said Maroney does not seek damages in the lawsuit, but only to be released from the nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses in the settlement.Maroney reached the settlement with USA Gymnastics in December 2016.In October 2017, she publicly revealed the extent of the abuse she suffered in a Twitter post, saying Nassar began abusing her when she was 13 and attending national team training camp.Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought treatment. He was sentenced earlier this month to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. Though Maroney was not part of that case, she and her mother wrote letters to the court detailing Nassar’s abuse and how it impacted the gymnast.ADVERTISEMENT Grassroots program TM Basketball Para sa Bayan joins forces with LA Tenorio in 3 provinces Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The USOC is named as a defendant, and the lawsuit says the federation had long promoted a culture that concealed known and suspected sex abusers.In the letter, Blackmun said “I am so sorry that the Olympic family failed these athletes,” and that while the USOC found out too late, it has taken steps to prevent future abuse by creating the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which investigates sex-abuse allegations in Olympic sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And I want to be crystal clear on the topic of transparency,” Blackmun wrote. “During my tenure as CEO, which began in 2010, we have never been, and will not be, party to any effort to conceal or keep confidential allegations or instances of sexual abuse.”Maroney’s lawyer, John Manly, called the letter “repugnant.” Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Nasser, a sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. APThe leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says in a letter he was not aware of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse allegations before law enforcement got involved, and that he had no knowledge of a settlement between USA Gymnastics and 2012 Olympic champion McKayla Maroney in a case involving the now-imprisoned former team doctor.CEO Scott Blackmun sent the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, on Thursday (Friday Manila time), the day after Maroney filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the nondisclosure clauses in the settlement.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

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