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Feb. 14, 2017 — An even darker shadow in Lansing

Remember this?

Today, this happened.

The investigation of Larry Nassar, the former doctor for Michigan State University and the U.S. Gymnastics Federation, is threatening to become the kind of scandal which could result in not only the severest forms of punishment to the accused, but has already affected at least one ancillary figure who, according to one attorney quoted in The Detroit News, enabled the continuation of the abuse over a two-decades-long period by downplaying the accusations.

“Had a proper investigation been done in the 1990s … all of this could have been prevented,” Okemos, Mich. attorney Mick Grewal tells the News. “All the other victims might not have been assaulted by Dr. Nassar. {Klages} failed to protect these young women. She should be investigated for her conduct for failing to protect these girls.”

Thus far, this widening gyre of a scandal has now expanded to include 55 women in seven different sports, plus it also has ensnared the disciplinary process at Michigan State University, which, according to this investigative story, has made it very difficult for sexual assault and rape victims within the MSU community to receive anything close to justice.

What is troubling is that Kathie Klages’ departure might not be the only domino to fall. There are already allegations that Nassar had full run of the Karolyi Ranch, the gymnastics school in Texas that Bela and Martha Karolyi ran while coaching the U.S. national and Olympic teams.

Question is, what did the Karolyis know, and when did they know it? And you can replace that name with the name of most any head or assistant coach who was in place at Michigan State whose athletes were under Dr. Nassar’s care.

Given what we already know about Don Peters’ transgressions while at the helm of USA Gymnastics, this could get really messy, really quick.

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