Larry Nassar, Liz Clark, Vice President discussed on News and Perspective with Taylor Van Cise


To leave it up to his new attorney general to decide what to do with special counsel. Robert Muller's final report at the White House today. The president said it's totally up to William bar, and he called the attorney general a tremendous man Muller reportedly could finish his report as early as next week after years of scandal and abuse USA gymnastics has yet another new president the fourth in two years covering the ever-evolving organization is Washington Post sports reporter, Liz Clark joins me on the KOMO Newsline. Good afternoon. Hi, thanks for having me to who. Is this new President Lee leeann? Started in gymnastics at age seven in in New Jersey and roaster the ranks of competitive gymnastics, not the Olympic level, but to a pretty serious level to the point that she got a scholarship to Michigan and competed for Michigan. She is an NBA vice president who has been in charge of to sort of summarize branding, particularly exporting the NBA brand overseas with a special interest in London and China, so she kind of has a foot in both worlds, but her her real credentials are in sports marketing. Now, I think anybody you walk up to on the street with no what Larry Nassar is in prison for, but why has USA gymnastics burned through four presidents in such a short period of time since that scandal broke. Well, it's it's entirely related to their chronic perpetual. Inability to at I acknowledge that Nassar. What is the predator among them and then deal with it appropriately? So the the first of the four CEO's the penny was one who did not report complaints against Nassar. And so he for obvious reasons he's out of a job the second CEO Kerry Perry was really just kind of tone deaf. He was in the job, eight months before being ousted and had made a series of moves appointing some people to positions in women's gymnastics who had worked either worked alongside Larry Nassar or defended him, and she just never made a connection with the athletes and the third CEO was in the job all four days that was Mary Bono of former congress person who who had somewhat of a sports background as a child but had worked for a law firm that defended Nassar at one point. So you know, it each turn the prominent Olympic athletes just called USA. On this and said, you know, you're not making any changes here. You're still not getting an advocate who is committed to us who has committed to our well-being. So now comes MS Leong. And and who who wants to be judged on what she does and not what has happened to date. So what sort of unfinished business will young have to wrap up before the two thousand twenty Olympics? Come around in Tokyo as you right? That's only eighteen months away. Yes. It is eighteen months away. So on the business side, there's a slew of lawsuits that USA gymnastics is facing the organization is file bankruptcy, which in in theory will help them consolidate and and resolve these claims, although some people see that it's just a stalling technique to make meaningful change and she wants to take steps and work with the board to to make sure that the entity that protects the safety of athletes from the whole range of abuse sexual verbal. Emotional abuse is fully staffed and properly functioning and then to work with the USOC to convince the USOC that under her leadership and with the current board. This organization deserves the right to run the sport. Because this is coming at a time. When the USOC has said, we don't think you're capable. We're going to put you out of business quite the job ahead of the new president and CEO of USA gymnastics. You can read all about it online at Washington Post dot com. Lewis Clark with us from the Washington Post. Thanks, liz. Thank you. Komo news time now one twenty and it's time for our propel insurance money.

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