STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman criticize USA Gymnastics' proposed settlement for survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse

Former Team USA gymnast Aly Raisman spoke to NBC's "Today" about USA Gymnastics' settlement offer to Larry Nassar's abuse victims.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 12:20 AM
Updated: Mar 4, 2020 12:20 AM

Multiple Olympic gymnasts have criticized USA Gymnastics' proposed $215 million settlement for survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.

On her way to a training camp for the Summer 2020 Olympics, gold medal winner Simone Biles tweeted: "Still want answers from USAG and USOPC (United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee). Wish they BOTH wanted an independent investigation as much as the survivors & I do."

Aly Raisman, another gold medal winner, tweeted that the settlement is part of a "cover up."

"The only way for anyone to know what really happened is if someone forces them to release ALL documents & data to investigate," Raisman wrote.

Survivors will need to vote as a group on whether to accept the $215 million settlement, or continue their lawsuit, according to a press release from USA Gymnastics. The organization said in a statement on February 22 that their proposal is open to discussion during continued negotiations with the claimants.

Court documents state that at the time of the filing, there were 517 gymnasts in the suit.

The legal filing states that if survivors vote to accept the settlement, several groups and people will be released from liability, including Steve Penny, the former president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Bela and Marta Karolyi, who ran the Karolyi Ranch gymnastics training center in Texas.

The press release stated that the plan will include several new safety initiatives. The organization will appoint a vice president of Athlete Health and Wellness and start new athlete safety education initiatives.

Rachael Denhollander, the first person to publicly accuse Nassar, does not think that the proposed safety initiatives are enough.

On the day the settlement was announced, she tweeted that the plan did not include many of the reforms that the survivors had publicly asked for.

"How much is a little girl worth? Apparently far less than the damage she's incurred. I am beyond disappointed. Again."

Denhollander later asked sponsors to stop funding the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and USA Gymnastics because she does not think they are doing enough to prevent child abuse or compensate survivors.

"It's time for @NBCSports and sponsors of USAG and USOC to say enough. To decide they will no longer fund institutions that facilitate child abuse, who refuse to listen to their athletes, and treat survivors like a PR problem."

Correction: The headline of this story has been updated with the correct spelling of Simone Biles' name.

Huntsville
Scattered Clouds
51° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 51°
Florence
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 53°
Fayetteville
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 50°
Decatur
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 53°
Scottsboro
Broken Clouds
46° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 46°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 131405

Reported Deaths: 2292
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19123337
Mobile13122290
Montgomery8688173
Madison763075
Tuscaloosa7323114
Lee575159
Shelby571950
Baldwin508749
Marshall387943
Calhoun337439
Etowah336547
Morgan321426
Houston272722
Elmore255847
DeKalb237119
St. Clair224335
Walker224380
Talladega207726
Limestone200119
Cullman186218
Dallas174926
Franklin174528
Russell17312
Autauga169124
Lauderdale165333
Colbert160926
Escambia156425
Blount156014
Jackson151611
Chilton150227
Dale133343
Covington131127
Coffee12838
Pike11619
Tallapoosa113683
Chambers113242
Clarke105517
Marion94828
Butler91138
Barbour8387
Winston71612
Marengo70119
Lowndes64927
Pickens63814
Bibb63610
Randolph62212
Hale61528
Lawrence59220
Bullock59114
Geneva5814
Monroe5768
Cherokee56916
Clay5527
Washington54913
Perry5386
Wilcox53111
Conecuh52411
Crenshaw52331
Macon47820
Henry4754
Fayette4269
Sumter41819
Lamar3532
Choctaw34512
Cleburne3326
Greene30015
Coosa1653
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 184409

Reported Deaths: 2233
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby30155447
Davidson26017293
Hamilton914489
Rutherford903187
Knox899872
Williamson508936
Sumner470593
Wilson337343
Putnam307037
Out of TN301324
Montgomery296243
Unassigned28916
Bradley285816
Madison270156
Sevier251813
Blount244023
Maury226023
Washington217933
Robertson217233
Sullivan205431
Hamblen183825
Tipton173917
Trousdale16517
Gibson153819
Hardeman153225
Wayne14805
Bedford130916
Dyer127912
Dickson119913
Cumberland115317
Fayette114318
Anderson113311
Henderson113119
Carter112627
Weakley111819
Loudon11156
Coffee110812
Greene110737
Obion10889
McMinn106824
Jefferson106614
Macon102020
Warren10127
Monroe100116
Lawrence97011
Hardin96714
Lauderdale93615
Haywood92116
Lake9152
Franklin9137
Bledsoe8454
Roane8414
Carroll83217
McNairy81016
Cheatham79010
White7849
Rhea78111
Hawkins77016
Cocke7349
Marshall7175
Overton6805
Smith67810
Johnson6482
Henry6029
Chester5919
Lincoln5791
Giles56817
DeKalb54611
Hickman5385
Crockett51319
Marion5007
Decatur4786
Fentress4363
Claiborne4304
Campbell4193
Polk37811
Grainger3503
Union3371
Benton3329
Jackson3055
Morgan3053
Unicoi2801
Cannon2760
Grundy2495
Humphreys2323
Sequatchie2233
Meigs2213
Clay2105
Scott2002
Houston1860
Lewis1771
Stewart1752
Moore1541
Van Buren1530
Perry1460
Hancock1063
Pickett982

Community Events