Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics' settlement offer to Larry Nassar's victims is 'offensive'
Raisman believes that the organization is attempting to reach the settlement prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo
USA Gymnastics recently offered a settlement to victims that suffered sexual abuse under former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an interview on NBC "TODAY," Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman called the settlement offer "offensive," and believes that the organization is attempting to cover up the scandal.
"It's honestly offensive," Raisman said. "It's devastating. It's incredibly draining. USA Gymnastics, United States Olympic Committee — they refused to take any accountability to address the issue, to figure out what went wrong. I am heartbroken that this is still going on."
In the proposed $215 million settlement offer, victims will be compensated with payments based on where the sexual abuse ended up taking place. The settlement would also absolve former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny in addition to former national team coordinators Martha and Béla Károlyi from any penalties resulting from the scandal.
Raisman believes that the organization is attempting to reach the settlement prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
"It shows they don't care," Raisman added. "They're just trying to push it under the rug and hoping people will forget about it when they watch the Olympics this summer."
Nassar sexually abused more than 150 victims and is currently serving a life sentence in prison.
Raisman is one of many American athletes that was sexually assaulted by Nassar when he was serving as the team doctor for USA Gymnastics. The three-time gold medalist even spoke during Nassar's 2018 trial.
"I don't know all the answers. And in order to make real change, we need to understand exactly what went wrong," told "TODAY" said. "I personally would like to see USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee release all their documents and data because they are not doing that. They're not answering our questions."
USA Gymnastics did release a statement on Sunday saying that they have "fully cooperated with the all law enforcement investigations.
"We have fully cooperated with all investigative bodies, including by producing information that they have requested," USA Gymnastics said. "...We are deeply committed to learning from these investigations, and finding ways to prevent abuse in the future. At the same time, we must respect the confidentiality and integrity of the mediation and SafeSport processes. We would welcome the opportunity to continue mediation and discussing how to best resolve the survivors' claims."
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