Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Raisman says she is victim of MSU doctor Nassar

Raisman says she is victim of MSU doctor Nassar

Another major Team USA gymnastics star claims she was abused by ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar - with Aly Raisman coming forward in the hopes of protecting future athletes.

The 23-year-old three-time Olympic gold medalist made the revelation during an upcoming 60 Minutes interview that will air in full on Sunday (November 12). They did not include any quotes from Raisman regarding the abuse or go into any further detail.

Raisman, who competed on the 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams and is the nation's second most decorated female Olympic gymnast according to Time, is pushing for change at USA Gymnastics, which governs the sport and oversees the selection of world and Olympic teams.

Nassar, who worked with the US women's national gymnastics teams for more than two decades, is now in jail after pleading guilty child pornography charges.

In a preview clip, interviewer Jon Lapook says to Raisman at one point that she looks 'angry, ' prompting her to explain why she is so upset with the national team.

She called Nassar "a monster" and blames USA Gymnastics for failing to stop him and spending too much of the fallout attempting to "sweep it under the rug". "I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just..." In exchange for Nassar's guilty plea, US prosecutors have agreed not to pursue charges in two additional incidents of alleged sexual crimes with minors. It also became known that he was dropped by the USA Gymnastics, the governing body for the sport, in 2015 because of allegations of sexual misconduct. McKayla Maroney came forward last month.

Team USA Gymnastics released a lengthy statement about allegations in February, stating in part that "Regarding Dr. Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics is appalled that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in the manner alleged". The new guidelines require member gyms to go to authorities immediately, with Daniels suggesting USA Gymnastics consider withholding membership from clubs that decline to do so.

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