Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Michigan State 'truly sorry' about Nassar

Michigan State 'truly sorry' about Nassar

On this episode of "Current Sports with Al Martin", Al gives listeners details of the $500 million settlement reached Wednesday between Michigan State University and the survivors of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar. The school will pay $425 million now and hold $75 million in reserve in case other Nassar victims come forward.

"Michigan State is pleased that we have been able to agree in principle on a settlement that is fair to the survivors of Nassar's crimes", said Robert Young, special counsel to MSU.

Trustee Brian Breslin says Michigan State recognizes the "need for change" when it comes to sexual assault awareness and prevention. An allocator will determine how much of that total each person will receive. "Those who spoke at the many days of sentencing remain in my thoughts every day, and their strength is an inspiration to us all".

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the university and find out who knew what, when and what they did about it.

There will be no confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements attached to the settlement, the press release said.

A victim credited with exposing serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar says she is grateful to have reached a legal settlement with Michigan State University that reflects the "incredible damage" that took place on campus. Lawyers will also be compensated out of the $500 million pool. The school was accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints for years about Nassar. He was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography and is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his hands under the guise of treatment.

How MSU will pay for the settlement is under careful scrunity by parents, students, alumni and financial rating agencies.

During the sentencing hearings, many accusers described an ultra-competitive gymnastics culture in which authority figures could not be questioned and Nassar was free to abuse young patients year after year. I don't think any of these women were actually assaulted by Larry, but Larry didn't learn that lesson and didn't have a chaperone in the room, so now they see an opening and they can take advantage of him. His campus clinic was decorated with signed photos of Olympic stars, bolstering his credentials to star-struck athletes and their families.

Other cases involved participants in soccer, figure skating, rowing, softball, cheerleading, wrestling, diving, dance, and track and field.

"This historic settlement came about through the bravery of more than 300 women and girls who had the courage to stand up and refuse to be silenced", said John Manly, a lawyer for numerous victims.

It led to the biggest crisis in MSU history, including the ouster of President Lou Anna K. Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis. The fallout has also pushed out many leaders at the top of competitive gymnastics. State and capital appropriations were valued at $338 million. It does not address claims against US gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee, Bela and Martha Karolyi, Twistars, John Geddert or any other parties, said the press release from the California law firm of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi in Los Angeles.

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