Published: Fri, January 26, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Michigan State University president resigns over gymnasts abuse case

Michigan State University president resigns over gymnasts abuse case

Simon said she was proud of the work she has done to support the investigation into Nassar "even though the results have been very painful to all who watched". "Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president".

Simon has shown no indication she is willing to determine for herself if they had a chance to stop Nassar, but failed. In a statement posted on MSU's website, Simon defended the.

The public calls for Simon to resign began to escalate on Dec 3, when The Lansing State Journal wrote in an editorial that she and the university had not protected women from assault and harassment on campus, and that she should step down.

"What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong?" Some of the gymnasts affected by Nassar's abuse claim that they had reported his conduct to Michigan State University as early as the late 1990s.

Outside the courtroom, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, issue a rare joint statement that calls on Simon to resign.

Tom Leonard, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in MI, applauded Lou Anna Simon for stepping down. I don't think anyone could say that Lou Anna Simon hasn't had great accomplishments. I take solace that many victims have indicated that the opportunity to confront Nassar is a step toward healing.

Sterling Riethman, a former collegiate diver who was one of Nassar's victims, said she hoped Simon's resignation would be a first, positive change.

"She presented to me the defense that she had consistently presented, that is that not all the facts were out or known. But I think in this case, her actions did not meet the leadership that we need at Michigan State". The litigation is mostly centered in federal court in western MI, although there are some cases in California. "If you would have only listened to the women that brought complaints and concerns over all these years, this would have saved so many women and children from being abused, and from all the scars this has created". "Instead of being protected, I was humiliated".

"I can not believe I ever trusted you, and I will never forgive you", gymnast Brooke Hylek said Tuesday.

Sunday, Jan. 21: After getting slammed on social media by the mother of Aly Raisman, a Olympian gold medalist and Nassar victim, Izzo issues a "clarification" of his Friday remarks, in which he said, "I hope the right guy was convicted".

In stating that University President Lou Anna Simon won't be forced out over the Nassar scandal, Ferguson told WVFN-AM this week: "There's so many more things going on at the university than just this Nassar thing".

Santavicca added that Michigan State has many issues to address as they move on from the Nassar scandal.

A former elite gymnast says a MI sports doctor assaulted her while failing for weeks to diagnose a broken leg.

As the court adjourned on Wednesday, the US Olympic Committee announced it would hold an independent investigation "to examine how an abuse of this proportion could have gone undetected for so long". The NCAA is also looking into it.

"The a year ago and a half has been very hard for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community, and for me personally", Simon said in her letter. It did not provide additional details.

"This could have stopped in 1997", Boyce says.

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