Aly Raisman Renews Call For ‘Independent Investigation’ Into USA Gymnastics | TODAY

Aly Raisman Renews Call For ‘Independent Investigation’ Into USA Gymnastics | TODAY


CENTER AND USAG FORCED HIM TO RESIGN WHILE THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.>>>ALY RAISMAN IS WITH US EXCLUSIVELY THIS MORNING. GOOD MORNING TO YOU.>>GOOD MORNING.>>STEPHANIE JUST WRAPPED UP WITH NEWS OF ANOTHER COACH THAT WAS FACING ALLEGATIONS, FORCED TO RESIGN. YOU SAT HERE A YEAR AGO IN THIS CHAIR. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT CLEANING UP THE MESS OF USAG. HOW DO YOU THINK IT’S GOING?>>WELL, IT’S JUST — IT’S REALLY HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS. I NEVER IMAGINED IT WOULD BE THIS BAD. I THINK THAT WHAT I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT, I MEAN, OVER THE LAST YEAR, THERE STILL HAS NOT BEEN A FULL, INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. THAT’S JUST ABSOLUTELY ABSURD. UNTIL WE HAVE THAT, IT’S VERY CLEAR THIS PROBLEM IS MUCH BIGGER THAN STEVE PENNY, LARRY NASSAR AND THIS NEW COACH. IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT. AND THERE IS NO USA GYMNASTICS UNTIL WE UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED. WE CAN’T TRUST USA GYMNASTICS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT BE TRANSPARENT. SHE JUST SAID UNSPECIFIED REASONS. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. HOW CAN USA GYMNASTICS OR THE COMMUNITY BELIEVE THEM OR KNOW HOW TO HELP?>>LET’S TALK ABOUT STEVE PENNY. MANY SEE HIM AS THE HEAD OF THIS THING. THIS IS A GUY, I REMEMBER HIM FROM THE OLYMPICS, HE WAS IN THE STANDS. HE WAS WITH THE FAMILIES. HE WAS PART OF THIS COMMUNITY. WHAT DO YOU THINK HE SHOULD HAVE DONE TO PROTECT YOU?>>THE FIRST THING HE SHOULD HAVE DONE WHEN HE WAS THE SLIGHTEST BIT SUSPICIOUS OF LARRY NASSAR IS TO GO AND REPORT IT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. HE DID NOT DO THAT. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, HIS PRIORITY AND USA GYMNASTICS’ PRIORITY WAS TO COVER IT UP. RON GALLIMORE WAS PART OF THE COVER-UP. HE WAS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING LARRY NASSAR. HE COVERED FOR LARRY NASSAR AND TOLD THE MEDICAL STAFF AND ANYONE WHO ASKED, THAT HE WAS SICK. THEY WERE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING OUR ABUSER THAN PROTECTING US. BUT STEVE PENNY WAS THAT GUY THAT EVERYONE KNEW. HE ALWAYS WAS NICE. IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT, YOU KNOW, JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY MIGHT BE NICE TO SOMEBODY ELSE, THEY TREAT OTHER PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY. WE HAVE TO BE EDUCATED TO PICK OUT THE ABUSERS AND THE ENABLERS.>>USA GYMNASTICS HAS CHANGED THE LEADERSHIP THREE TIMES IN THE LAST YEAR. WHAT ARE THEY NOT GETTING RIGHT?>>WELL, I THINK, AS I SAID, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS A FULL, INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION. YOU CAN HAVE A GREAT CEO. BUT IF THE NEW CEO IS STILL WORKING WITH RON GALLIMORE AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO CREATED THIS PROBLEM — ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE A NEW BOARD, I’M FEELING LIKE THIS BOARD IS MORE — IT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM TO PROTECT AND FIX THIS P.R. PROBLEM THEY HAVE. THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS A CHILD ABUSE PROBLEM AND IT IS SO WIDESPREAD AND FAR-REACHING. SO, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM. HOW MANY CHANCES CAN WE GIVE THE BOARD? WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SEARCH COMMITTEE. FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THE MARY BONO HIRING, BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT TRANSPARENT, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY’RE THINKING. I HAVE NO IDEA THAT WE’RE LOOKING INTO INVESTIGATING WHY THESE PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOOD IDEA. IF THEY’RE GOING TO PICK A NEW CEO IN A FEW WEEKS OR MONTHS, HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM IT? I THOUGHT THEY HAD HER RESIGN BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE FROM THE MEDIA. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY IT WASN’T A GOOD CHOICE.>>YOU ARE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS. THEY CALLED YOU — YOUR FELLOW ATHLETES CALLED YOU THE GRANDMA BECAUSE YOU WOULD LOOK OUT FOR EVERYBODY. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO BE ON A SEARCH COMMITTEE TO FIND THIS NEW CEO? OR AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS — I KNOW YOU’RE YOUNG, WOULD YOU YOURSELF CONSIDER IT? SAYING, MAYBE I SHOULD GET IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. MAYBE I SHOULD BE ON THE FRONT END.>>I AM GLAD YOU MENTION THAT BECAUSE I KNOW GYMNASTS ARE COMPETING AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RIGHT NOW. I’M SO IMPRESSED WITH THEM AND PROUD OF THEM. I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW THEY ARE REPRESENTING AN ORGANIZATION THAT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR SAFETY. BUT THEY ARE GIVING GYMNASTICS SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT. I’M SO PROUD OF THEM. AND I THINK — I’VE TOLD THIS TO SUZANNE LYONS WHEN I SAW HER WITH THE USOC, I SAID, AS SOON AS YOU ARE TRANSPARENT, THERE’S BEEN SO MANY RESIGNATION WITHOUT ONE EXPLANATION. USA GYMNASTICS IS COVERING THINGS UP AND NOT ALLOWING THEM TO LEARN FROM THE PAST. IF YOU ARE NOT TRANSPARENT, YOU CAN’T LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. IF THERE’S NEW PEOPLE ON THE BOARD, I FEEL LIKE IT’S THE SAME BAD INFLUENCE THAT CREATED LARRY NASSAR. IT’S PART OF THAT NEW BOARD BECAUSE THEY’RE STILL TALKING TO RON GALLIMORE. THEY’RE WORKING WITH PEOPLE AND THERE MAY BE PEOPLE THERE, WE DON’T KNOW BECAUSE THERE HASN’T BEEN AN INVESTIGATION.>>YOU THINK THEY SHOULD CLEAN HOUSE COMPLETELY AND START ALL OVER? IS THAT THE BEST IDEA?>>THE PROBLEM IS, I DON’T HAVE ALL OF THE ANSWERS. BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS YOU CAN HIRE THE BEST CEO. BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE ANSWERS, IF THE CEO IS STILL WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT COVERED THIS UP, YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO GET ANYWHERE. WE’RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD. I HOPE THE NEXT TIME I’M ON THE “TODAY” SHOW, I AM WITH THE NEW ORGANIZATION THAT HAS RELEASED ALL OF THEIR DOCUMENTS AND DATE T DATA THAT TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED. WE HAVE TO PREVENT ALL KINDS OF ABUSE, VERBAL, EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL. WE CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. I HOPE THE NEXT TIME I’M ON HERE, I’M WORKING WITH USA GYMNASTICS BECAUSE I HATE FEELING LIKE AN ADVERSARY WITH THEM. IT’S HARD FOR ME.>>LASTLY, JUST ON A LIGHTER NOTE, SIMONE BILES IS COMPETING.>>SHE SAYS HI. I FORGOT TO TELL YOU. WE LOVE YOU.>>I LOVE YOU, TOO. SHE’S COMPETING WITH A KIDNEY STONE. WHO IS SHE? IS THAT UNBELIEVABLE?>>I DON’T KNOW. SHE WAS TEXTING ME, I THINK IT WAS FRIDAY NIGHT. SHE WAS TEXTING ME FROM THE E.R., SENDING ME A SELFIE. I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT. SHE IS SO AMAZING. I TEXT HER ALL THE TIME, SEND ME YOUR SECRETS. INCREDIBLE. I’M SO PROUD OF ALL OF THEM.>>WOW. ALL RIGHT, ALY, WE HOPE THE NEXT TIME YOU COME ON “TODAY” SHOW, IT’S A DIFFERENT STORY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>REMEMBER WHEN WE ASKED SIMONE, ARE

72 Replies to “Aly Raisman Renews Call For ‘Independent Investigation’ Into USA Gymnastics | TODAY

  1. Basically Aly is saying:

    Everyone, let’s go to Indianapolis today and get rid of Ron Gallimore.

    He is a cancer in this organization.

    Why has he and other players not been removed yet?!

  2. Once USA Gymnastics opens up/apologizes sincerely, giving way to clear/open forensic investigation by law enforcement agencies/FBI of child abuse cases, thence God Will Know that Repentance by the many responsible for child abuse cases & cover ups will be the next step, thence they may be Forgiven. Until Repentance occurs, all men & women hidden in veil, not open to speaking about their parts in the child abuses and cover ups (in fact in the world scene, as well) will and shall face consequences of God's Retribution thru God's Giving of more difficult painful Lessons of learning Loving-Kindness to those responsible for child abuse and cover ups: inprison-ment, doing community services to honour the Retribution of their kahrmic debts. Pedophiles are more common in the world than thought by average populace because sexual abuse and molestation of children has pervaded society's families for millennia, and molestation and sexualization of children will end soon thru God's Grace & Will. Only those free of vileness will and shall enter God's Kind-dom of Hoven. As per Matthews (Matthian in Ancient Hebrew) paraphrased (translated) quote, "Whence thou becometh as children are, thence thou will and shall enter God's Kind-dom of Hoven". Children are Innocent, Kind, Loving, Generous, Sharing, Joyful, Joyous, Smiley, Care-free, Humble, Shy, Honest, Trusting, Willing, Naiive, Non-biased, Unconditionally Caring, … we as humanity (adults) are to learn The Lessons of Loving-Kind Essence thru raising our Children with Kindness, not hurting them. God is in Control. As the Scripture says (translated), "do onto and upon others as thou doth want done onto and upon thee as what thou doth do onto and upon other will and shall be done onto and upon thee". Revelation. Yah Ali

  3. Go Aly! We support you 👏 keep speaking truth, holding power accountable and changing gymnastics and the world for the better Aly! 💫

  4. What will a full independent investigation do? Larry Nassar is in prison for the rest of his life. I think it is more about certain players that enabled Larry's abuse.

  5. What a national disgrace! Instead of protecting children we allow them to be abused. Look how the world is looking at us. Stay strong Aly and keep demanding what’s right!

  6. Go Aly!! If you feel like you don’t have all the answers, seek them!! You are a highly qualified, smart young woman. Go get them! Show the people who protect the abuser that THEY WILL BE HELD LIABLE as well.

  7. She's a three-time olympic champion but I respect her as a human being even more than I respect her as an athlete… I would appoint her as CEO of USA Gymnastics honestly (maybe not now, she's young and deserves some rest, but in a few years she would be perfect for that role)

  8. Girl get a life! She really is trying so hard to stay relevant. Get back in the gym and do what you’re best at. Bye

  9. Mary Bonno was stating she never had any athletes abused by Larry Nassar. She made that statement early on in the investigation on Larry Nassar. Why should she had been punished for stating the truth? You're wrong on Mary Bonno Ms. Aly!!

  10. Hi. I'm from Finland and don't know much about Raisman/Nassar/turmoil within USA Gymnastics so please don't get upset with this stupid question of mine: Is all those 3 reasons i mentioned earlier in my comment the reason why Aly isn't competing in Doha at the moment? Or has she "retired" completely?

  11. Aly would be perfect on their Board, on the search committee, or in a leadership position in USAG, but sadly that will not be an option for her because she is still in litigation with USAG. There is a reason why they are not communicating with her, because she is still in litigation with USAG.

  12. Victimology! again. What's her problem? America's gymnastics now is better than ever. Look at all the international gold medals Simon Biles is raking in. Why does Aly's personal problem with one person have to change the whole USA gymnastics?

  13. Omg she’s so amazing! I don’t think Aly realizes what she’s doing. She’s an amazing voice now for everything, we all want her to have a come back for the Olympics, bittersweet, but we all know now what her priority is.

    Take your time Aly! Please redefine usa gymnastics.

  14. Aly for CEO! Who cares if she's young! She's smarter than most adults running even this country… Most gymnast respect and trust her more than anyone else.

  15. Fxxk Aly she wants to play the Victim. Why did she not speak up after the Olympics in 2012, She could of saved alot of girls. NO she went to dance with the stars and her book and redcarpets. People need to open theirs eyes. She like naming people and why you did not tell your coach father what was going on. Do not buy this Act she is performing. They asked her in a interview and she dodged the question. Fraud.

  16. Independent investigation? If a crime has been committed against you report it to the police? Is she saying a gymnast told the police she was molested and the police ignored it?

  17. I really think Aly should be given an official spot at USA Gymnastics, whether it be as a safety advocate or on the board, she needs to be there. This may be awkward now while she is suing them but in a few years time this should definitely happen.

  18. I completely understand everything happening with USAG and how Aly feels about all of this but she keeps complaining over social media instead of doing actions to actually help

  19. what she's saying is that the whole US gymnastics team is ran by perverts and that they are covering up their coaches because they help them win gold

  20. Thank you TODAY for keeping us updated on this matter. So many events get covered when they make headlines and then no updates. So thank you for staying on top of this and Aly Raisman thank you for not giving up-you're amazing!!

  21. I love her!! She's the best and in her book she's just an honest person who is looking for an answer to multiple problems and I'm glad she is stepping out into this world showing people she cares! Way to go Aly!

  22. I have always admired Aly because of her talent and capacity as a gymnast, and I like her a lot because of her personality. Now, I am also so impressed, because of her courage and support to this important and urgent cause. I really wish that USA Gymnastics can cope with it with resilience and courage in order to stay strong for the girls that make us feel so proud of them.

  23. There are 250 cases of alleged abuse and no investigation!??? Michael Jackson had 2 alleged cases and he was slapped with a 10 year intensive FBI investigation!??? How does that work? Not to mention he ended up being proved innocent.

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