Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14), Mike Bishop (MI-08), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Dan Donovan (NY-11), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and 11 of their colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) regarding their concerns with recent failures of leadership within USAG.
The letter calls for the selection of a CEO that can credibly address allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, and change the culture of impunity that enabled the disgraced USAG National Team Doctor Larry Nassar to abuse hundreds of victims in his care. It stresses that the new CEO must not have any ties, or the appearance of any ties, to Nassar or any of the efforts to coverup his crimes. The Representatives also urge USAG to consult survivors during the consideration process and they request information on the method by which USAG will select the next CEO, including the criteria used to evaluate candidates.
“USAG cannot be led by anyone with ties to Nassar or any entity that worked to conceal his abuse, nor can it move forward under an individual who is unwilling or unable to reform a power structure that protects perpetrators instead of victims,” the Representatives said. “After years of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct and abuse, USAG must take seriously its duty to promote change from the top down. For the benefit of USAG, and the many young athletes in its care, it must select a CEO that can competently address issues of misconduct and abuse.”
A copy of the letter can be found here.