USA Gymnastics Scandal Against Larry Nassar

Ally Rein, Staff Writer

Imagine you get the opportunity of a lifetime to represent your country by doing the sport you love, then later being abused by the person who is supposed to treat you for injuries.

At the start of 2018, Larry Nassar was taken to court for hundreds of abuse cases surfacing from decades of him being a physician for Michigan State University and the American Olympic squad. Several of the women did try to come forward, but were disregarded, according to CNN.

From CNN, USA gymnastic athlete McKayla Maroney stated that the USA Gymnastics Team paid her to be quiet about the abuse from Nassar that had been happening since she was 13. USA Gymnastics denies these allegations and said they alerted authorities right when they learned about it.

All of Larry Nassar’s cases caught up to him as he stood trial on Jan. 27, 2018, with a female attorney, female judge, and female bailiff.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, did not let Nassar get away without understanding what he had done to these young women.

As recorded by USA Today, Nassar gave the Judge a note on whether his mental health would be stable enough to go through all the statements of the victims.

Judge Aquilina disregarded his note and stated, “You may find it harsh that you are here listening but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands, collectively. You spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had their expense and ruining their lives. None of this should come as a surprise to you.”

On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, Randall Margraves, a father of three of the victims, lunged at Nassar after the Judge refused to give him one minute alone with Nassar. Margraves’ outburst came after two weeks of strong statements by the women athletes experienced abuse from Nassar for two decades. More than 100 young women have made statements in the past two weeks. Margraves has apologized for his behavior in the courtroom, stating, “I’m definitely calmed down. I’m embarrassed. I’m not here to upstage my daughters. I’m here to help them heal.”

Nassar has been sentenced up to 175 years in prison for the decades of abuse he put young women through. Nassar is still currently sitting though victims statements.