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Dec. 20, 2017 — Buying silence

The case of Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, took an exceedingly dark turn today when McKayla Moroney of the 2012 U.S. women’s gymnastics team filed suit against the national governing body of her sport.

In the suit, Moroney alleges that she was made to sign a non-disclosure agreement in exchange for $1.25 million. Given the fact that there may have been as many as 120 separate victims of Nassar over the years, the opportunity to buy the silence of his victims is sizable.

While does not know whether other gymnasts were paid off by USA Gymnastics, or whether other Michigan State athletes had their silence bought, it is, for me, a very cynical act on the part of a national governing body which, instead of doing the right thing and firing Nasser years ago, it doubled down and allowed him to keep working until the eve of the Rio Olympics.

It was only then when an Indianapols Star investigation unseated Nasser.

It makes you wonder how many more lives have been altered by the inaction or gross actions of people who are supposed to have the best interests of athletes at heart.



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