The U.S. Gymnastics knew that they had a convicted sexual predator on the payroll. That’s not an opinion, I’m just repeating what was in the lawsuit filed against U.S Gymnastics and former Dr. Larry Nassar by gymnast Mckayla Maroney.
ESPN (@espn) reports, Maroney’s attorney, John Manly, made the revelations after he filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Maroney’s behalf.
“They were willing to engage in a systematic cover-up of the entire matter.” Manly told reporters when asked about the lawsuit. In late 2016, USA Gymnastics paid Maroney to sign a confidentiality agreement, Manly said, effectively buying her silence. The Wall Street Journal (@wsj), reported that the amount of the confisentiality agreement was in the $1.25 million range. Manly admitted that Maroney willingly entered into the agreement, but he said that she was emotionally traumatized by the emerging news that Nassar had sexually abused dozens of other women under the guise of medical treatment.
“I want people to understand that this kid had no choice. She couldn’t function. She couldn’t work. They were willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of one of the most famous gymnasts in the world because they didn’t want the world to know they were protecting a pedophile doctor.” Manly said.
The claim alone spells big trouble for U.S. Gymnastics and everyone involved in the cover up. It brings to light the question, how long has this cover-up been going on? And how many young women were victims of the systematic cover-up and never said anything about it, because they were paid off? I smell a pile of lawsuits, and maybe some arrest on the horizon. The lawsuit filed Wednesday names the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, Nassar and, Michigan State as defendants. Michigan State employed Nassar full-time.