Former Olympic gymnasts, including Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, won’t participate in the US Olympic Committee’s investigation into the sexual-abuse scandal surrounding former national team doctor Larry Nassar, saying they don’t trust the body to conduct a thorough and independent inquiry.
They’re right not to trust these…persons…who sat on years of complaints of sexual abuse instead of acting on them. Nor can they, in the end, trust any other organization with the judgment to have these on its payroll or consulting list.
“For 31 months, I heard nothing,” Ms Raisman said in a statement to The Journal. “I find it hard to believe after all this time that the USOC is genuinely concerned about anything other than the scrutiny it’s now facing. … This investigation needs to be bigger than Nassar. There have been countless allegations of abuse for years and years. Anything other than a full investigation just isn’t good enough.
She’s right. This USOC is only looking to whitewash its role in this routine of abuse. Nothing useful will occur unless and until the USOC, and USAG, are completely erased and new agencies built de nihilo.