McKayla Maroney Says Larry Nassar Abused Her 'Hundreds' of Times

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17:  United States Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast McKayla Maroney poses for a photo at The Pierre Hotel on April 17, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Appearing Wednesday on the Today show, former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney said that convicted child molester Larry Nassar sexually abused her on "hundreds" of occasions.

As seen in the following video, Maroney told Savannah Guthrie that the former USA Gymnastics team physician molested her every time he saw her:

In October, Maroney was among the first high-profile gymnasts to publicly come forward and speak about Nassar's abuse.        

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in January, and he was then sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison in February on multiple counts of sexual abuse against girls and young women. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography in December as well.

For the first time since October, Maroney spoke publicly about Nassar's abuse on Tuesday.

At a luncheon for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, she criticized USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Michigan State University for not doing more to monitor and stop Nassar, per Bleacher Report's Natalie Weiner:

"The fear I had about speaking out turned into fearlessness when I learned that it would help so many people. We know that Larry was a monster. It happened for so long, and that's why we're standing up now, because it can't happen anymore. The fact is that USA Gymnastics, the USOC, MSU and everyone continued to look away—all they cared about was money. It almost feels like my duty to tell people."

In addition to Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber are among the gymnasts who said Nassar abused them.

The 22-year-old Maroney was part of the "Fierce Five" United States women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

She won gold as part of the team event and individual silver in the vault.

Maroney officially retired from competition in February 2016.

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