Gymnasts Say USA Team Needs New Leaders


Two former members of USA Gymnastics said Thursday the team's leadership should be removed in light of a huge child sexual abuse scandal involving former team physician, Larry Nassar.

"No one from USA Gymnastics has apologized nor accepted any responsibility for Nassar's assaults on dozens of USA gymnasts," said Jamie Dantzscher, who won a Bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

She appeared with former gymnast Rachael Denhollander and their attorney, John Manly, at a news conference across the street from where the Proctor & Gamble Championship event was beginning at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

"For every victim of sexual assault, this status quo is unacceptable," Denhollander told reporters.

 They called for USAG's chairman, vice-chairman, and treasurer to be removed, and attorney Manly said he was shocked Proctor & Gamble had not dropped its sponsorship of the team.

Over the last year more than 100 women have claimed they were sexually abused by Dr. Nassar over many years. 

Some of those women have sued, and the Orange County Register reported this week USAG has begun to settle some of the cases with confidentiality agreements, something Manly said is unlawful in California.

Nassar has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and is awaiting sentencing. 


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