Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Lou Anna Simon, MSU's President, Quits in Wake of Gymnastics Sex Scandal

Lou Anna Simon, MSU's President, Quits in Wake of Gymnastics Sex Scandal

Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon has resigned after facing intense pressure to step down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area, but the sentencing hearing has been open to anyone who said they were a victim. Vaupel said it was probably the hardest vote he has ever had to make while serving in the Legislature, stressing he is not diminishing the atrocities that took place but felt the legal process needed to run its course. Denhollander was 15 years old when she fell prey to Nassar in 2000 at the Michigan State sports medicine clinic.

There had been calls for Simon to resign in quake of the Nassar scandal, the Lansing State Journal reported.

As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. He spoke about what qualities President Simon has and has demonstrated through the years, which the board feels makes her worthy of their support. I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements. "It goes without saying that we have much to address in the current state of Michigan State University"'. Nassar was sacked by MSU in 2016 after the Indy Star reported on allegations of assault made by former gymnast Rachael Denhollander against Nassar. U.S. Olympians Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney were among the women to claim in sentencing testimony that Nassar sexually abused them. He was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison on Wednesday.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said Tuesday the organization has sent a letter of inquiry to the school "regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State". That sentencing followed an earlier ruling of 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Some used their time in court to question why the university leadership failed to stop Nassar's heinous behavior. "To do so, it must have new leadership".

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