Sarah Klein, a former scholar of Mr. Geddert’s who was abused by Mr. Nassar, stated in a press release that Mr. Geddert “maintained a culture of fear” at his fitness center.
“It was widely known that Geddert and Nassar were close friends and it would have been unthinkable to approach him and complain about Nassar’s actions,” Ms. Klein stated.
Mr. Geddert’s arrest and loss of life places much more stress on U.S.A. Gymnastics, the nationwide governing physique of gymnastics, to attempt to discover methods to cease abuse within the sport. Already the federation is going through a battery of lawsuits introduced by Mr. Nassar’s victims and a multimillion settlement it proposed final yr was turned down. The federation additionally has been going via chapter proceedings since 2018.
Some gymnasts, together with Simone Biles, essentially the most adorned gymnast in historical past and the game’s prime star, have stated the federation has failed its constituents and continues to take action. Earlier this month, Ms. Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, advised CBS’s “60 Minutes” that she wouldn’t enable her daughter, if she ever had one, to take part in a U.S.A. Gymnastics program as a result of it has didn’t make the game secure.
“I don’t feel comfortable enough, because they haven’t taken accountability for their actions and what they’ve done,” she stated. “And they haven’t ensured us that it’s never going to happen again.”
Rachael Denhollander, who attended meets with Twistars’ athletes as a gymnast, known as the fees introduced towards Mr. Geddert “sobering.”
“The reality is Geddert’s abuse was never a secret,” Ms. Denhollander stated. “Geddert could have and should have been stopped decades ago.”
Michael Levenson and Shaila Dewan contributed reporting.
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