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Tom Izzo clarifies Larry Nassar statement, says he used 'wrong words'

Tom Izzo clarifies Larry Nassar statement, says he used 'wrong words'”

What Larry Nassar did to many former gymnasts over the years, both as the team physician for USA Gymnasts and while practicing sports medicine at Michigan State University is absolutely sickening.

The resignations of chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley were announced in Indianapolis while a judge in Lansing, Michigan, heard a fifth day of statements from women and girls who said they were molested by Larry Nassar.

USA Gymnastics has come under fire during the ongoing sentencing hearing for Nassar in MI, in which more than 80 gymnasts have given harrowing evidence against the disgraced former doctor, who faces life in prison for his offences. "We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization", USAG president and CEO Kerry Perry said in a release.

Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo issued a statement Sunday, saying he used the "wrong words" in a postgame news conference Friday night regarding Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. "No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG [USA Gymnastics], and others", Biles wrote in her January 15 statement.

The cost of their inaction became especially clear Monday morning, when a 15-year-old gymnast named Emma Ann Miller testified that Nassar had assaulted her at MSU as recently as August 2016 and that her mother is still being billed for trips to the clinic at which she was abused. In the case of the Nassar sentencing hearing, Vance said the state's attorney general's office reached out to Small Talk to bring Preston to the courtroom. So, I hope and pray that those survivors continue to grow in their life, I hope we do everything we can to make sure that this will never happen ever again, not only at this institution but any institution, to be honest with you. In addition to criminal charges, Nassar is also a defendant in lawsuits filed by more than 150 women who say he sexually abused them.

He has admitted molesting athletes while he was employed by Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.

USA Gymnastics also said in the Monday statement it will work to promote athlete safety and prevent future abuse by adopting and enforcing its new "safe sport" policy that more clearly defines misconduct and prevents inappropriate interaction.

Raisman told TIME in November that while USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resigned a year ago, "a lot of people working there let the abuse go on", referring to the board members. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the courageous survivors.

More than 140 victim impact statements are now expected.

Larry Nassar is escorted into the courtroom last Thursday.

Miller asked the judge to go over and above the sentencing guidelines of 60 years in prison.



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