USAG Reportedly Paid McKayla Maroney $1.25 Million For Silence About Nassar

Editor's note: The following article contains sensitive information and may not be appropriate for certain readers.

In the wake of Larry Nassar being outed for sexually assaulting hundreds of victims in the fall of 2016, USA Gymnastics reportedly struck a deal with McKayla Maroney for her to remain silent about the abuse.

The $1.25 million confidential settlement was signed in December of 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Maroney's lawyer, John Manly, filed a lawsuit Wednesday under the understanding that this confidentiality agreement was not only hypocritical and immoral, but also illegal. He said of USA Gymnastics, "They were willing to engage in a systematic cover-up of the entire matter."

"Confidentiality agreements in child sex abuse cases are unlawful in the state of California and have been for years."

Maroney violated the terms of the agreement when she took part in the #MeToo movement in October and revealed that she too had been abused by Nassar in the vilest ways.

Manly is seeking to have Maroney released from the agreement she signed with USA Gymnastics, according to NBC News. Maroney's suit was filed in Superior Court in California, alleging that USA Gymnastics offered the agreement so that "it could further conceal and shield from public scrutiny, outside investigation, and law enforcement, the true nature of Nassar's horrific sexual abuse of minors."

Manly provided more color as to why Maroney agreed to stay silent at the time.

"I want people to understand that this kid had no choice. She couldn't function. She couldn't work," Manly said.

They [USAG] were willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of one of the most famous gymnasts in the world because they didn't want the world to know they were protecting a pedophile doctor.

The lawsuit names the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, Nassar and his full-time employer, Michigan State, as defendants. Manly notes that the lawsuit could further expose Maroney to a countersuit from USA Gymnastics.

Manly said of USA Gymnastics, "If they would treat one of the most famous athletes in world like this, how poorly would they treat a recreational gymnast abused by her coach. Those responsible for this should be removed from the Olympic movement and USA Gymnastics."

Youth Sports Leaders Form PLAY Sports Coalition

400+ youth sports leaders join forces to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to support young athletes through COVID-19.

COVID-19 Might End The Age Of Skyrocketing NCAA Expense Sheets

Ten billion, three hundred fifty-seven million, one hundred forty-nine thousand, fifty-one dollars. 

Is Chellsie Memmel Back?

null

It's been quite some time since we saw Chellsie Memmel in action.

There's No Precedent For What Happens To Gymnastics If Football Is Canceled

If the college football season is canceled, what happens to college athletics?

FIG Reorganizing Event Schedule

The postponement of the Olympic Games to July 2021 gives the FIG a wider window to reorganize the Gymnastics event calendar, especially regarding the remaining qualifying events for Tokyo 2020 that had been postponed.

2020 Canadian Gymnastics Championships Postponed

The last few days have seen another monumental shift in the world’s sporting landscape with news just received that the International Olympic Committee has officially postponed the 2020 Olympic Games to 2021.

Top 2020 NCAA Routines To Re-Watch From Your Living Room

Missing NCAA gymnastics? We are too. Fortunately, there are dozens of exciting performances from this season that deserve a replay (or two!). From Lexy Ramler’s first 10.0 on balance beam to Nia Dennis’s Beyoncé-inspired floor routine debut, we’ve compiled a list of 10 routines to help you re-live the 2020 NCAA season right from your living room.

10 NCAA Gymnastics Seniors We're Really Going To Miss

With the NCAA season coming to an end no one predicted, many seniors won’t get a chance to receive the recognition they deserve at senior night, fight for one last national title, or get closure to end their gymnastics careers. 

Best Routines: Elevate The Stage Birmingham

Elevate the Stage Birmingham was one of many sporting events around the world forced to cancel due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

USAG Coronavirus Update: Event Cancellations & Postponements

Dear USA Gymnastics Community,