The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) president knew about sexual abuse to gymnasts at Michigan State University since 2010, according to a report released Friday.
NCAA President Mark Emmert was reportedly aware of sexual misconduct against athletes at MSU, yet chose not to take any administrative action against the offenders, according to The Score. Emmert allegedly met with Kathy Redmond, the founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, to discuss sexual misconduct against athletes. Following their meeting, Redmond reportedly sent a letter to Emmert detailing 37 reports of known sexual misconduct against athletes, she told The Athletic.
“What I really got from the experience with Mark Emmert was that governing body governs him,” Redmond said. “He met with me, which was great and I appreciated that. But the governing board has an awful lot of power. … It’s a strange setup. You do kind of get the fox-guarding-the-hen-house mentality. You do feel like the NCAA doesn’t like to do investigations because they like their relationships (with university officials and conferences). I think Mark Emmert came in with the right tone but quickly realized ‘there’s not a lot I can do here.”
MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned Wednesday over accusations about the mishandling of the school against Dr. Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young girls.
The Olympic committee also forced the six-panel Team USA Board to step down following the mishandling of Nassar, NBC News reported.
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