Tom Izzo weighed in on the Larry Nassar scandal surrounding Michigan State on Friday night. Izzo’s comments came after a win over Indiana and they followed four days of emotional testimony from dozens of Nassar’s victims during his sentencing.
Some of the comments from Izzo, the longtime Spartans men’s basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, did not sit well with the mother of Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman. Aly Raisman was one of the most high-profile gymnasts to come forward as one of Nassar’s victims and confronted him with scathing testimony on Friday.
On Saturday evening, Lynn Raisman ripped Izzo’s remarks about Nassar, specifically his comment saying he “hoped the right person was convicted.”
“Dear Tom Izzo, I’m sorry it’s been a difficult week for you. Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it was difficult. Since you ‘hope the right person was convicted’ I wonder if you are a complete and total MORON or just a LIAR when you claim you listened to the impact statement,” Lynn Raisman wrote on Twitter.
Aly Raisman’s mother rips Tom Izzo’s comments about Larry Nassar
Dear Tom Izzo,
I'm sorry it's been a difficult week for you. Did you hear, Larry Nassar also said it was difficult. Since you "hope the right person was convicted" I wonder if you are a complete and total MORON or just a LIAR when you claim you listened to the impact statements. https://t.co/CIdiTPtXa1
— Lynn Raisman (@LynnRaisman) January 20, 2018
Below are Izzo’s comments in full about Nassar, Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and more from Friday night:
“It’s been a very difficult week for me. As a father, it’s been a difficult. I listened to the stories of these courageous women. I look at the survivors who spoke, and in all honestly, Nassar permanently damaged and changed the lives of so many people. I think it’s changed the life of all of us at Michigan State in some way, shape or form. As a father, that’s difficult to even fathom. I hope that the right person was convicted. I have to say, though, that I have the utmost faith and respect in the leadership of our president, too, at Michigan State. It’s a woman who dedicated over 40 years, and I’ve been here 33 with her. And I think I know what she stands for. So I hope and pray that those survivors continue to grow in their life. I hope we do everything we can to make sure this will never happen ever again, not only at this institution but any institution, to be honest with you. But it’s been sad days for me in a lot of ways, and I’m going to try to do everything I can to help the survivors and help us grow from this and learn from it and move forward.
“When I talk to you guys about basketball, it’s really easy. I really don’t give a damn if you agree with me or not. But you have to understand that there’s nothing I can say that is gonna be right right now, and there’s nothing that’s gonna make anybody right. I’ll just stick by what I said. The survivors are the most courageous people I can even imagine. I hate when I’m put in a position when I can almost start saying, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ Because I have no clue what they’re going through and never will, and I hope I never find out. But I’ve also just gotta say that that is a situation that I think is being dealt with and has been dealt with. There is no way I could waver on the support for my administration and my president knowing the 35 years I’ve spent here and what she has done for this university, what she’s stood for. Athletics is a small part. For women’s groups, for different groups, I think she’s been a champion. I hope and pray that the survivors get through this, but I also hope that we take a serious look at what we’re doing.”
Nassar’s sentencing will resume Monday.