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Aly Raisman slams USA Gymnastics after suicide of disgraced coach John Geddert


Aly Raisman has slammed USA Gymnastics and called for an ‘independent investigation’ into the organization after former coach John Geddert killed himself on Thursday following human trafficking and sexual assault charges. 

Geddert, 63, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound just hours after he was brought up on two dozen charges in Michigan in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts, WLNS-TV reported. He had ties to disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused hundreds of gymnasts, including Raisman.

In a series of tweets, the Olympian, 26, detailed how USA Gymnastics failed to protect her and others, recalling how she was forced to travel alone with Nassar and Geddert when she a teen.  

Hitting back: Aly Raisman (pictured at 2012 Olympics) slammed USA Gymnastics and called for an ‘independent investigation’ after former coach John Geddert killed himself on Thursday

Scandal: Geddert, 63, (pictured) was charged with two dozen crimes in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts. He had ties with former team doctor Larrry Nassar, who sexually abused hundreds of gymnasts, including Raisman

Scandal: Geddert, 63, was charged with two dozen crimes in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts. He had ties with former team doctor Larrry Nassar (pictured), who sexually abused hundreds of gymnasts, including Raisman

Scandal: Geddert, 63, (left) was charged with two dozen crimes in connection with the abuse of young gymnasts. He had ties with former team doctor Larrry Nassar (right), who sexually abused hundreds of gymnasts, including Raisman 

‘As a minor on the National Team, I frequently had to travel (without my parents) under the supervision of USA Gymnastics. The “responsible” adults included John Geddert, Marvin Sharpe, Steve Penny, and Larry Nassar,’ she wrote.   

‘Respectively, the criminal offenses they have been charged with include Criminal Sexual Conduct and Racketeering, Child Molesting, Destroying Evidence, and Sexual assault.’

Geddert was the head coach of the 2012 U.S. women’s gold medal-winning Olympic gymnastics team, which included Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber. All five members were abused by Nassar, who was sentenced to 175 years in prison for his crimes.

Nassar also treated injured gymnasts at Twistars, Geddert’s gym for elite athletes in Lansing, Michigan. It is alleged that the former doctor abused several gymnasts at Twistars. 

Geddert insisted he had ‘zero knowledge’ of Nassar’s crimes, although some gymnasts said he forced them to see Nassar and was physically abusive. 

Candid: In a series of tweets, Raisman (pictured as a teen in 2010) detailed how USA Gymnastics failed to protect her when she was a minor

Candid: In a series of tweets, Raisman (pictured as a teen in 2010) detailed how USA Gymnastics failed to protect her when she was a minor 

Using her voice: Raisman said she frequently had to travel with Geddert and Nassar without her parents when she was a minor and called for an independent investigation into USAG

Using her voice: Raisman said she frequently had to travel with Geddert and Nassar without her parents when she was a minor and called for an independent investigation into USAG

Raisman stressed the need for an independent investigation into USA Gymnastics in light of the abuse scandal.  

‘For an organization that has claimed for the past 15+ years that “athlete safety is the No. 1 priority,” it’s impossible to imagine a greater failure. This is & has always been bigger than John Geddert, Marvin Sharpe, Steve Penny, and Larry Nassar,’ she tweeted.  

‘Why is there still no independent investigation? How many more children have to suffer?’ 

Raisman’s former teammate Simone Biles has also publicly called for an independent investigation. 

Geddert is accused of injuring people for years through forced labor and recruiting minors for forced labor, according to documents filed in an Eaton County court, near Lansing.

High up: Geddert was the head coach of the 2012 U.S. women's gold medal-winning Olympic gymnastics team (pictured celebrating their gold medal-win)

High up: Geddert was the head coach of the 2012 U.S. women’s gold medal-winning Olympic gymnastics team (pictured celebrating their gold medal-win) 

Moving on: Raisman retired after competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio (pictured after winning the silver medal in the women's individual all-around competition)

Moving on: Raisman retired after competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio (pictured after winning the silver medal in the women’s individual all-around competition)

Refusal: USA Gymnastics President and CEO Li Li Leung (pictured in 2019) spoke to reporters on Friday and said there would not be an independent investigation into the organization

Refusal: USA Gymnastics President and CEO Li Li Leung (pictured in 2019) spoke to reporters on Friday and said there would not be an independent investigation into the organization 

He was charged with molesting a teen with his hands in 2012.

Authorities said Geddert also lied to investigators in 2016 when he said he had never heard anyone complain about Nassar.

State prosecutors charged Geddert with 14 counts of human trafficking; six counts of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor; one count of continuing criminal enterprise; one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct; one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct; and one count of lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation, a four-year felony. 

USA Gymnastics President and CEO Li Li Leung spoke with reporters on Friday during a conference call ahead of USA Gymnastics’ first competition in 2021. 

‘Like many of you, we had hoped that the criminal charges brought against [Geddert] would lead to some degree of resolution and justice and also, like so many of you, we were then shocked to hear just hours later of his death by suicide,’ Leung said.   

On Friday, Raisman (pictured in 2020) slammed Leung and USA Gymnastics on Twitter, saying: 'Sweeping abuse under the rug is not leadership'

On Friday, Raisman (pictured in 2020) slammed Leung and USA Gymnastics on Twitter, saying: ‘Sweeping abuse under the rug is not leadership’

Outrage: The Olympian asked how many 'dangerous people are still out there, working with kids,' saying she is 'sick to my stomach'

Outrage: The Olympian asked how many ‘dangerous people are still out there, working with kids,’ saying she is ‘sick to my stomach’

‘It goes without saying that this news brings up a lot of complex emotions from many in the community, particularly those he hurt,’ she added. ‘And our thoughts are with them.’ 

When asked about the need for an independent investigation, Leung said that USA Gymnastics has fulled cooperated with six independent investigations and would continue cooperation with investigations to come, according to the Washington Post

Raisman hit back and Leung’s statement, which has been shared on Twitter. 

‘This is disgusting & dangerous. Sweeping abuse under the rug is not leadership @Li_Li_Leung How can you say you care when you just want to move on? Are you even listening? Look at the history & the damage USAG’s inaction has caused,’ she tweeted on Friday.    

‘How many other dangerous people are still out there, working with kids, because USAG doesn’t have the guts to allow an independent outside investigator take a hard look at everything?’ she asked. ‘What are you afraid of? @Li_Li_Leung & @USAGym.’ 





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