On Monday a top official was fired by the U.S. Olympic Committee shortly hours after the independent investigators revealed something shocking. It was brough to light that he along with USOC’s former CEO knew since 14 months that Larry Nassar, the team doctor had been accused of molesting many young girls, but they did not raise their voice.
The investigators James Dowden and Joan McPhee mentioned that Nassar is ultimately responsible for his decades-long crime of abusing girls and the young woman, which he did not do in a vacuum. Rather, he performed within an ecosystem that supported his crime. Individuals and many institutions enabled his abuse and could not stop him.
According to a 233-page report by the law firm Ropes & Gray Alan Ashley, the chief of sports performance was also terminated for being enabling a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” along with Scott Blackmun, former CEO and was molesting and abusing dozens of girls under the name of giving them medical treatment.
According to the new report, Blackmun and Ashley had resigned in February, after Nassar was diagnosed with prostate cancer, were notified of the allegations against him in July 2015 by Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics CEO. But, the USA Gymnastics did not alert Michigan State University, where Nassar was a full-time employee and he continued treating his patients for a full year. In September 2015, Nassar quietly resigned from the post of USAG medical coordinator.