Karolyis: 'No way' they knew about doctor's behavior

22 April, 2018, 07:06 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Bonnie Knutson and Michael Kaplowitz

Marta Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. Nassar is now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls and for possessing child pornography.

Martha and Bela Karolyi of the infamous Karolyi Ranch, an elite gymnastics training center that's sent dozens of athletes to the Olympics, have finally broken their silence about former USA Gymnastics team doctor and convicted child molester Larry Nassar.

"The whole thing is just like an explosion, a bomb exploding", Bela said.

BC-GYM-Karolyis-Doctor Abuse, 6th Ld-Writethru, 690 Karolyis to NBC: "No way" they knew about doctor's behaviorAP Photo NY153, TXHOU201Eds: Updates with comment from former gymnast Mattie Larson, who has named Karolylis as co-defendants in civil action against Nassar.

Guthrie sat down for an in-depth interview with the Karolyis for a special edition of Dateline titled "Silent No More" that runs Sunday evening. He has been accused of abusing more than 260 female athletes, including several US Olympic stars, over a period spanning two decades, much of the abuse taking place under the guise of medical treatment at the 2,000-acre Karolyi ranch estate in a remote area of Texas.

The deposition was included in a February 14 letter to two US senators from John Manly, an attorney representing Nassar victims in a lawsuit that seeks monetary damages and court oversight of USA Gymnastics. "How could I see?" Several victims, including two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyi Ranch near Houston. But other coaches and former gymnasts say the Karolyis' early successes - starting with Romania's Nadia Comaneci becoming the first female gymnast awarded a ideal score in competition - validated the cutthroat attitudes that fostered widespread mistreatment of American athletes at the highest levels of women's gymnastics. So it was just, when you go there, you know that Martha is watching.

"They answered every question", Guthrie told The Associated Press.

The lawsuit also alleges that USA Gymnastics breached its duty to reveal the abuse to the victims' families, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee, Michigan State University, and law enforcement agencies. “At no time did their lawyer jump in and say ‘You cant answer that.”. He would visit the ranch during national team training sessions and also accompany the team to events around the world. Girls were afraid to challenge authority; Nassar was able to prey on vulnerable girls and, at the same time, didn't challenge the couple's harsh training methods.

"That's bad", Martha Karolyi told NBC, when asked about Nassar's crimes. “And the parent couldnt see.



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