TopOfTheCircle.com

Serving the scholastic field hockey and lacrosse community since 1998

Archive for September 11, 2018

Sept. 11, 2018 — The Nasser scandal and the field hockey community

NOTE: If you are a minor, you may want to have a parent or guardian reading this with you due to the content of this post.


One of the earliest lawsuits (December 2016) targeting former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nasser included a varsity field hockey player referred to as “Jane C. Doe.” Doe, according to the lawsuit, was on the Spartans’ team from 1998 to 2001.

But according to a lawsuit filed yesterday, a second field hockey player by the name of Erika Davis has alleged that Nasser abused her while under care for a field hockey injury in the early 1990s, far earlier than most of his alleged crimes involving the American gymnastics team.

Amongst the allegations was that Nasser not only molested her, but raped and impregnated her, and took video of the encounters.

But more damning, in the context of the Michigan State cover-up, was the allegation that field hockey coach Martha Ludwig brought this evidence to George Perles, who was not only the school’s athletic director, but the MSU football coach.

Shortly after that, Davis lost her field hockey scholarship, the suit alleges.

Now, let’s take a look at this situation in macro. The incident of Davis reporting Nasser occurred in the middle of 1992, far before Nasser became a team doctor for USA Gymnastics, and far, before Nasser even received his Ph.D. degree.

In other words, if Perles and Michigan State authorities had taken Davis’ allegations seriously, none of the other 333 victims of Nasser would have been molested. None of this would have ever happened.

I hope those who were in authority at Michigan State at the time can sleep well, knowing their parts in these crimes.

Advertisements