USOC fires official over his silence in Larry Nassar case

January 8, 2019

The U.S. Olympic Committee fired its chief of sport performance Monday, immediately after publishing an investigation that found major issues with how the organization responded to specific sexual assault allegations made against disgraced doctor Larry Nassar and the environment that its governance structure created for reporting sexual abuse in general.

Alan Ashley served as one of the USOC’s top officials for eight years prior to being fired Monday morning. Ashley and former CEO Scott Blackmun failed to take any meaningful action in the summer of 2015 when they were made aware of accusations that Nassar was abusing gymnasts through his position as the USA Gymnastics national medical coordinator, according to the findings of a review commissioned by the USOC.

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