WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Larry Nassar is a convicted child molester whose victims include a number of well-known Olympic gymnasts.
- One of Nassar’s victims is Olympian McKayla Maroney who revealed that the doctor has molested her a “hundred times.”
- Maroney is part of the US gymnastics team dubbed the Fierce Five who won gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
McKayla Maroney revealed that being a gymnast was a lot of hard work especially in maintaining an ideal weight. In fact, during training, she was often hungry. And Larry Nassar was her “hero” for rescuing her from starvation.
“I think I would’ve starved at the Olympics if I didn’t have him bring me food,” Maroney said in a special investigative edition of Dateline airing this Sunday.
“Your coaches are just always watching you. And wanting to keep you skinny,” the Olympic gold medalist said. “And there’s just other things about the culture that are also messed up that he used against us.”
Maroney was the first member of the USAG’s Team Five to reveal that she was sexually abused by Nassar in October 2017. Her teammates Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman, and Jordyn Wieber have since admitted that they, too, were victims of the USA Gymnastics national team doctor.
Larry Nassar, with the consent of the USA Gymnastics, accompanied the national team to World Championships and Olympic competitions. The sexual child molester was also always present at the monthly training sessions held at the Karolyi ranch in Houston, Texas.
Maroney said Nassar started molesting her when she was only 13. It happened at the Karolyi Ranch, the USAG National Team training center. Nassar told her it was a “medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.”
The abuse lasted until she retired. She always thought that Nassar was being kind. Now, at 22, Maroney said, she realizes that his behavior was a classic grooming method used by sexual predators.
Maroney told NBC News that she was so hungry from exhausting workouts. And Nassar was always there to bring her “gifts.”
“[He would] buy me a loaf of bread,” she said.
Other victims echoed this statement saying that the doctor would use gifts, treats, and attention to earn their trust. That’s why they did not talk about his invasive pelvic exams and “treatments.”
In June 2015, a coach overheard a conversation between two gymnasts about Nassar’s medical techniques and reported it to the USAG. Nassar has been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison “after pleading guilty to molesting 10 girls and possession of child pornography.”
Source: NBC News