USA Gymnastics Responds To Olympian McKayla Maroney’s Sexual Assault Allegation | TODAY

USA Gymnastics Responds To Olympian McKayla Maroney’s Sexual Assault Allegation | TODAY


McKAYLA MARONEY. NATALIE HAS THE LATEST ON THIS. NATALIE HAS THE LATEST ON THIS.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING. YES, EMPOWERED BY THE SOCIAL YES, EMPOWERED BY THE SOCIAL MEDIA MOVEMENT, #METOO, CREATED MEDIA MOVEMENT, #METOO, CREATED IN THE WAKE OF THE HARVEY IN THE WAKE OF THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN SCANDAL, McKAYLA WEINSTEIN SCANDAL, McKAYLA STEPPED FORWARD, SAYING SHE WAS STEPPED FORWARD, SAYING SHE WAS REPEATEDLY MOLESTED BY A DOCTOR REPEATEDLY MOLESTED BY A DOCTOR FOR THE USA GYMNASTICS TEAM. FOR THE USA GYMNASTICS TEAM. OVER 100 WOMEN HAVE ACCUSED THE
DOCTOR OF MISCONDUCT.CCUSED THE DOCTOR OF MISCONDUCT.
McKAYLA MARONEY WAS A MEMBER OF McKAYLA MARONEY WAS A MEMBER OF
THE FIERCE FIVE IN LONDON, THE FIERCE FIVE IN LONDON, WINNING GOLD AS PART OF THE U.S.
TEAM, GRABBING A SILVER IN THES. TEAM, GRABBING A SILVER IN THE
INDIVIDUAL VAULT EVENT, AND INDIVIDUAL VAULT EVENT, AND
GRABBING THE SPOTLIGHT WITH THAT GRABBING THE SPOTLIGHT WITH THAT
FACE. FACE. TUESDAY WITH THE TWEET THAT WAS TUESDAY WITH THE TWEET THAT WAS STUNNING AND DIRECT, SHE WAS STUNNING AND DIRECT, SHE WAS BACK IN THE HEADLINES.
I WAS MOLESTED BY DR. LARRY I WAS MOLESTED BY DR. LARRY
NASSER, THE TEAM DOCTOR FOR THE NASSER, THE TEAM DOCTOR FOR THE
U.S. WOMENS NATIONAL GYMNASTICS U.S. WOMENS NATIONAL GYMNASTICS TEAM AND OLYMPIC TEAM.
IT STARTED WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS IT STARTED WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS
OLD, AND IT DIDNT END UNTIL I OLD, AND IT DIDNT END UNTIL I LEFT THE SPORT.
McKAYLA SAYS SHE WAS TOLD SHE McKAYLA SAYS SHE WAS TOLD SHE
WAS RECEIVING MEDICALLY WAS RECEIVING MEDICALLY NECESSARY TREATMENT THAT NASSER
HAD BEEN PERFORMING ON PATIENTS HAD BEEN PERFORMING ON PATIENTS
FOR OVER 30 YEARS. FOR OVER 30 YEARS.
ADDING, IT SEEMED WHENEVER AND ADDING, IT SEEMED WHENEVER AND
WHEREVER THIS MAN COULD FIND THE WHEREVER THIS MAN COULD FIND THE
CHANCE, I WAS, QUOTE, TREATED. CHANCE, I WAS, QUOTE, TREATED.
ANTALIN, ON THE TEAM FROM 95 TO ANTALIN, ON THE TEAM FROM 95 TO
2000, WAS ALSO ABUSED BY NASSER 2000, WAS ALSO ABUSED BY NASSER
AND WAS NOT SHOCKED BY HER AND WAS NOT SHOCKED BY HER
ALLEGATIONS. ALLEGATIONS.>>I WANT TO SAY IM SURPRISED
BUT NOT REALLY.Y IM SURPRISED BUT NOT REALLY.
I KNOW HOW MANY YEARS NASSER WAS I KNOW HOW MANY YEARS NASSER WAS
IN USA GYMNASTICS. IN USA GYMNASTICS. IF HE DID IT TO US, WHY WOULD HE IF HE DID IT TO US, WHY WOULD HE STOP? STOP?>>Reporter: HES PLEADED GUILTY>>Reporter: HES PLEADED GUILTY TO THREE COUNTS OF CHILD TO THREE COUNTS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND IS AWAITING PORNOGRAPHY AND IS AWAITING TRIAL ON SEPARATE CRIMINAL TRIAL ON SEPARATE CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES. MISCONDUCT CHARGES. MORE THAN 100 WOMEN FILED SUITS
AGAINST HIM.0 WOMEN FILED SUITS AGAINST HIM.
USA GYMNASTICS IS UNDER A GAG USA GYMNASTICS IS UNDER A GAG
ORDER AND CANNOT SPEAK TO ORDER AND CANNOT SPEAK TO
McKAYLAS ALLEGATIONS. McKAYLAS ALLEGATIONS.
HE HAS CALLED THE PREVIOUS HE HAS CALLED THE PREVIOUS
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM PATENTLY ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM PATENTLY
FALSE AND UNTRUE. FALSE AND UNTRUE.
USA GYMNASTICS RELEASED A USA GYMNASTICS RELEASED A
STATEMENT SAYING, WE ADMIRE THE STATEMENT SAYING, WE ADMIRE THE
COURAGE OF THOSE LIKE McKAYLA COURAGE OF THOSE LIKE McKAYLA
MARONEY WHO HAVE COME FORWARD. MARONEY WHO HAVE COME FORWARD.
SAYING THEY ARE OUTRAGED AND SAYING THEY ARE OUTRAGED AND
DISGUSTED BY THE CONDUCT OF DISGUSTED BY THE CONDUCT OF
WHICH NASSER IS ABUSED. WHICH NASSER IS ABUSED.
THEY ARE STRENGTHENING AND THEY ARE STRENGTHENING AND
ENHANCING THEIR PROCEDURES ENHANCING THEIR PROCEDURES
REGARDING ABUSE. REGARDING ABUSE.
MARONEY IS NOT THE FIRST OLYMPIC MARONEY IS NOT THE FIRST OLYMPIC
GYMNAST TO ACCUSE DR. NASSER OF GYMNAST TO ACCUSE DR. NASSER OF
ABUSE. ABUSE. IN MARCH 2000, JAMIE DANCHER IN MARCH 2000, JAMIE DANCHER TESTIFIED ON CAPITOL HILL HE TESTIFIED ON CAPITOL HILL HE ABUSED HER FOR YEARS. ABUSED HER FOR YEARS.>>MANY TIMES, THE ABUSE TOOK>>MANY TIMES, THE ABUSE TOOK PLACE IN MY OWN ROOM, IN MY OWN
BED.E IN MY OWN ROOM, IN MY OWN BED.
HE ABUSED ME IN MY HOTEL ROOM IN HE ABUSED ME IN MY HOTEL ROOM IN
SYDNEY AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES. SYDNEY AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES.
>>Reporter: McKAYLAS TWEETS>>Reporter: McKAYLAS TWEETS
TELL A SIMILAR STORY. TELL A SIMILAR STORY.
IT HAPPENED IN LONDON BEFORE MY IT HAPPENED IN LONDON BEFORE MY
TEAM AND I WON THE GOLD MEDAL, TEAM AND I WON THE GOLD MEDAL,
AND IT HAPPENED BEFORE I WON MY AND IT HAPPENED BEFORE I WON MY
SILVER. SILVER. McKAYLA SAYS SHE WAS EMPOWERED McKAYLA SAYS SHE WAS EMPOWERED BY THE ONLINE MOVEMENT #METOO. BY THE ONLINE MOVEMENT #METOO. BY SPEAKING OUT, HOPING TO BRING
ABOUT AWARENESS AND CHANGE.BRING ABOUT AWARENESS AND CHANGE.
SHE HAS THE SUPPORT OF HER SHE HAS THE SUPPORT OF HER
TEAMMATES. TEAMMATES. JORDAN WEEBER SAYWIEBER SAYING, JORDAN WEEBER SAYWIEBER SAYING, SPEAK OUT AND STAND UP FOR SPEAK OUT AND STAND UP FOR CHANGE. CHANGE. I AM PROUD OF McKAYLA FOR DOING I AM PROUD OF McKAYLA FOR DOING SO AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO
SO.SOD ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO SO.SO
SO. SO. USA GYMNASTICS CALLED FOR A

10 thoughts on “USA Gymnastics Responds To Olympian McKayla Maroney’s Sexual Assault Allegation | TODAY

  1. I fully understand that speaking up about being abused in any way is hard to do. Very very Hard! I was abused when I was younger for three years 6 to 8 years old. One of the things that gave me the strength to say something was realizing how many of my cousins this person had access to. I didn't want this to continue to anyone else so at 9 years old I found myself standing in front of my family telling them how I had been abused by a family member. It was scary and horrifying. I knew if I didn't this person would continue on to the next if hadn't already. You have got to try and find the strength to speak up if you don't it will continue to breed like a disease with no cure. I am sitting watching the young lady from the 1995 team talk about how she was shocked but not surprised by McKayla's report of being abused because it happend to her how many years ago. Hopefully with all these people coming out with their stories of abuse people will not feel ashamed and speak up. Realize that you are not alone …you can do this. You did nothing wrong! You were not meant to live your life being anyone's victim. Tell anybody…the police, a friend, counselor, your fellow team mate. You don't have to fight back alone. Taking back your power starts when you tell someone. #SPEAKUP

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