May 16 2018
[WASHINGTON, D.C.]—Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement after news that Michigan State has agreed to pay $500 million to 332 survivors of abuse by former Michigan State sports physician Larry Nassar.
“The survivors of this despicable abuse deserve our sincere gratitude for bravely stepping forward and sharing their stories. Because of their courage, Mr. Nassar is now behind bars where he can no longer harm athletes entrusted to his care. While today’s settlement is a step in the right direction, there are still serious systemic failings that must be addressed. We’ll continue to work to make change and ensure that the next generation of athletes are free to compete and represent our nation without fear of abuse.”
In April, Blumenthal and Moran hosted a hearing, “Olympic Abuse: The Role of National Governing Bodies in Protecting Our Athletes.” Next week, Blumenthal and Moran are expected to hold their next subcommittee hearing regarding abuse in Olympic sports.