USOC chairman addresses Larry Nassar victims: ‘the Olympic system failed you’
Facing intense scrutiny from the Larry Nassar scandal, the U.S. Olympic committee defended its chief executive officer and addressed Nassar’s victims at a 2018 Winter Olympics news conference Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Committee chairman Larry Probst started by apologizing to the gymnasts who Nassar abused during his long career as a USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor. In total, more than 260 women say they were sexually abused by Nassar, who could face up to 300 years in prison for his disgraceful crimes.
The scandal has already resulted in resignation of every USA Gymnastics board member, and many are also calling for the USOC to make changes internally. But at the press conference Friday, Probst defended the organizations’s CEO, Scott Blackmun, stating that “we think that he did what he was supposed to do and he did the right thing at every turn.” Other members of the USOC board also support Blackmun.
“We will take appropriate action based on the findings of that independent investigation,” Probst said.