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American Former Gymnast Mckayla Maroney "I Was Told To “Shut The F*** Up By An Older Teammate I Looked Up To"

In 2017, Mckayla Maroney joined the #MeToo movement revealing that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor and sex o...


In 2017, Mckayla Maroney joined the #MeToo movement revealing that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor and sex offender Larry Nassar.

“For me the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old,” Maroney wrote at that time. “I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night.”

Today, she condemned USA Gymnastics for their failure in protecting their gymnasts in a series of tweets.

She as well shared more horrific details about what happened behind the scenes of the 2011 World championships, which was held in Tokyo Japan.

"My parents had to sign a waiver before me leaving for competitions or camps stating that I’m now in USAG’s care, & they’ll protect me. If they don’t sign it we can’t compete."




"USAG says they’re not responsible for the abuse that happened. Well then who is? I was a minor in Tokyo & in London."

"We were not allowed to see our parents until after competitions, they were not allowed to stay at our hotel, or speak to us in person. We were in “USAG’s care”.



"Parents are seen as a distraction, we would get in trouble if we spoke to them.   My mom would send me packages of food to my hotel in Tokyo, because I was starving.  She did everything she could to help me."




"USAG then points fingers at the USOC for abuse because they manage Olympics, international competitions, and all things Team USA."

"Tell me why I never spoke to anyone from the USOC until the day I got to London?? and they just gave me rules of things I shouldn’t say or do."



"USOC was so hands off I didn’t even know I was under their care — Or that the Karolyi camp I trained at every month was an Olympic facility managed by them!!? To me It felt more like a gym in the middle of a forest, with limited food supply, and a doctor molesting me twice a day.


"So, and USOC aka When I was under “your care” in Tokyo competing for Team USA at 15, and my parents weren’t allowed to stay in my hotel, or see me in person…"
"When I was all alone, naked, with Larry Nassar on top of me for 50min balling. Who’s fault is that?"


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@USAGym @TeamUSA Why did I have to walk the hallways of the hotel you booked me at 2am alone, and get locked out of my room because my roomate Sabrina was asleep." "I then told my teammates what happened the next day after practice with John Geddart [then USAG coach] in the car, and got yelled yet."


"I was told to “Shut the fuck up, and don’t ever say anything like that about Larry Nassar again” by an older teammate I looked up to." "That scared the hell out of me, so I listened, and didn’t say anything for a long time. I just suppressed it until it came up again in 2015."



While some allegations against Nassar date back to the 1990s, it was not until 2015 that USA Gymnastics took action against him.

"These tweets can be a little rough to read, and I apologize for that," Maroney wrote on Instagram.

"I never wanted these things to happen in the first place, let alone have to speak it to the world. Fortunately I have this incredible platform to speak up for the athletes of our next generation, and I need to use it to make things safer, and create lasting change. It definitely still feels embarrassing to share this personal stuff, but I know I’m not alone from other peoples #metoo stories."

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist is currently working on a tell-all book. 

Last month, Maroney revealed that she was blackmailed by a hacker between 2012 and 2014 - during an Instagram live video.

She has also criticized the USOC for the suspension of Sha'Carri Richardson, the American sprinter whose positive test result for marijuana cost her a spot in the women's 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

Written by Gigi Farid

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