Olympic champ Simone Biles says she was abused by doctor

first_imgBrooks scores 19 to lead Grizzlies over Lakers Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biles, who won five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, released a statement via Twitter outlining that abuse. Nassar, who spent more than two decades as a physician at USA Gymnastics while also working at Michigan State University, has admitted sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought medical treatment. He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography and is facing another 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting seven girls.Biles, now 20, called Nassar’s behavior “completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially from someone whom I was told to trust.” She joins a list of high-profile gymnasts who have come out against Nassar, including six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas and two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLike her Olympic teammates, Biles detailed abuse by Nassar that he disguised as treatment.“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the ‘special’ treatment,” Biles wrote. 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President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure last March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who took over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport last summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.That’s not far enough for some. Raisman has urged the organization to remove chairman of the board Paul Parilla among others. Biles, like Raisman, wants USA Gymnastics to take a deeper look at the conditions that allowed Nassar’s behavior to run unchecked for so long.“We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us,” Biles said. “We need to make sure something like this never happens again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, United States gymnast Simone Biles displays her gold medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a statement via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar.ADVERTISEMENT Biles is in the beginning stages of a return to competition, a journey that includes visits to the national team’s training center at the Karolyi Ranch north of Houston, where she said the abuse occurred.“It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused,” Biles wrote.USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the Karolyi Ranch in the summer of August 2016, following the retirement of longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, but then backed out of the deal. The national team continues to use the facility while options for a replacement are explored.Biles says she initially wondered if she was to blame.“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it may fault?’” Biles wrote. “I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Ex-FDA Executives at Risk of being Rearrested

first_imgJudge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’ will shortly decide whether to  deny or sustain a US$1.2million bail bond relied on to release from prison, three senior staffs, including former managing director of the Forestry Development Authorities (FDA), Moses Wogbeh.If he denies the bond, he will order the defendants rearrested and remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, where they will be awaiting their case.Judge Dixon, on Thursday, March 27, did not announce any scheduled date for his decision.Instead, he went on to say, “ruling in the matter will only be scheduled through a notice of assignment.”His action comes after both prosecution and defense team rested final argument over “insufficiency” of the bond.The men were charged with economic sabotage, criminal facilitation, forgery and obstruction of government functions for allegedly issuing 56 private use permits (licensed) to several logging companies amounting to US$6million.Fortunately, they were temporarily released from the Monrovia Central Prison, after Medicare Insurance Company tendered US$1.2million bail- bond to assure their day-to-day appearance while the trial is pending.However, prosecution disagreed with the US$1.2million bail-bond relied on by the company to release the defendants, arguing it does not correspond with the US$6million crime charged.In counter argument on Thursday, a member of the defense team, Atty. Arthur T. Johnson explained that prosecution’s request was unconstitutional and Prosecution was interested only in keeping the accused in prison.Arguing that: “accused persons shall be entitled to a bail-bond and sufficient surety, the Defense pointed out that ‘an excessive bond shall not be used as punishment against an accused person.’”“This is what prosecution is doing: they are using an excessive bond to punish the defendants. They are only interesting in keeping them in prison,” Atty. Johnson insisted.He wondered aloud: “How did they arrive at US$6million? What yard- stick do they use?  What evidence lies in their possession to establish that the defendants did issued the 56 pup? Is it the result of a General Auditing Report?”These concerned he did not answer.“Instead,” Atty. Johnson maintained “bail is a matter of right, but increasing the bond is unconstitutional and should not be considered by the court.”According to him, criminal history of committing offenses and bail-jumping (escaping while under bond) should be the basis upon which a person’s bond may be denied.“In this case the defendants are people without any criminal records and they should remain under the bond pending the disposure of the matter.”Prosecution, on the other hands, concurred with defense team, admitting “under the law an accused person is entitled to bail.”“In the instance case, the US$1.2 million bond secured by Medicare is not sufficient,” adding “the company failed to produce evidence to establish that it possesses the asset or cash to cover the US$6million bond.”In addition, “the company posted about 137 bonds including the US$6million bail bond in almost all of the courts in the country. It also admitted that they do not have the property value of US$6million.“If they can’t provide the US$6million in cash or its equivalent in property value to cover the crime charged, then the bond should be set aside and the defendants remanded to the Monrovia Central Prison until they can make the bond sufficient.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more