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USA Gymnastics Won't Fine McKayla Maroney If She Speaks Publicly About Alleged Abuse

Jan. 18, 2018

According to Sports Illustrated, USA Gymnastics say they will not seek money from Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney if she decides to publicly about alleged abuse from former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Attorney John Manly said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports that USA Gymnastics only issued its statement less than 24 hours earlier "because people were outraged at USAG’s behavior toward Ms. Maroney and her family," adding that the organization continues to make misrepresentations about the Olympic gymnast.

 

Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual assault. He is accused of assaulting more than 140 women over the past two decades

 

Nassar faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years in prison and has already been sentenced to 60 years on federal child pornography charges. As part of the confidentiality agreement, Maroney would have been required to pay $100,000 if she spoke out about Nassar's abuse during his sentencing in Michigan this week. But USA Gymnastics said it would not seek any money from Maroney for her "brave statements."

 

"USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing," USA Gymnastics said in a statement.

 

"This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority — the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them."

 

Two months before the lawsuit was filed, Maroney revealed on social media that she had been abused by Nassar starting when she was 13.

Josh Cullen Loses Tooth After Kick

Jan. 09, 2018

West Ham ace Josh Cullen was left bloodied as he had a tooth kicked out of his mouth live on TV against Shrewsbury.

 

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international saw a boot to the face from Abu Ogogo in the FA Cup third-round clash, with his tooth flying out across the pitch.

Cullen was taken off to be cleaned up and to change his bloodied kit, but did return to the field of play.

 

At the same time, West Ham's physio can be seen running onto the pitch to collect the tooth.

 

The tooth visibly flew across the TV screens, with fans taking to Twitter to share their horror. Many even suggesting he has the right attitude to play for the Hammers with more established stars not sharing his passion.

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