Aly Raisman: Team USA Cares More About Its ‘Reputation’ Than Safety Of Athletes

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

Olympic gold medalist gymnast Aly Raisman believes that Team USA cares more about its “reputation” than the safety of its own athletes, according to a Thursday interview.

Raisman called out the Team USA organization for failing to keep gymnasts safe following the scandal surrounding Dr. Larry Nassar scandal, during her interview with Hoda Kotb for the “Today Show.” Raisman previously delivered a compelling testimony against Nassar, who was sentenced Wednesday to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young girls and women. Raisman was one of the victims, and blames Team USA for being complicit in his crimes.

“I have no idea. Actually, I guess I do have an idea — for so long, they put medals, reputation and money over the safety of athletes,” Raisman said.

She added that she felt sick and almost passed out while delivering her court testimony.

“You are the person they had ‘take the lead of athlete care,'” Raisman told Nassar in court. “You are the person they say ‘provided the foundation for our medical system.’ I cringe to think that your influence remains in the policies that are supposed to keep athletes safe, that these organizations claim for years are ‘state of the art.'”

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Nassar was also sentenced to 60 years in prison for his possession of child pornography.

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