McKayla Maroney Was Paid This Much Money by USA Gymnastics to Keep Her Sex Abuse Quiet
wenty-two year old McKayla Maroney is known for a lot of things. She's an Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast. She also rocks a patented smirk that became an Internet sensation during the 2012 summer Olympics, when she was part of the women's team known as the "Fierce Five." Seriously, there's entire Tumblrs dedicated to the "McKayla is not impressed" movement. She's an all around badass.
Maroney recently revealed that she was paid by the USA Gymnastics to keep quiet about her sexual assault.
Yes, it's as horrifying as it sounds.
Maroney alleges that the organization paid her to keep her mouth shut about the fact that she was sexually abused by the team’s doctor, Larry Nassar.
“Absolutely disgusting” doesn’t quite capture it.
Just in case anybody is unclear, Nassar admitted to sexually abusing underage girls.
According to CNN, USA Gymnastics apparently became aware of the lawsuit from the media. They insist that “the concept of confidentiality was initiated by McKayla’s attorney, not USA Gymnastics.”
The organization claims that Maroney's lawyer at the time discussed the possibility of a confidential legal process.
USA Gymnastics released a statement saying:
“Although USA Gymnastics is disappointed by today’s filing, we applaud McKayla and others who speak up against abusive behavior — including the despicable acts of Larry Nassar.”
Maroney’s attorney had no comment on the statement.
Here's where things get shady.
Maroney isn’t the only one that filed accusations against Nassar. CNN reports that none of the other athletes were asked to sign confidential settlement agreements, according to Maroney’s team.
Maroney's suit details the terms of USA Gymnastic's confidential agreement.
“In December of 2016, after suffering for years from psychological trauma of her sexual abuse at the hands of Nassar, and in need of funds to pay for psychological treatment,” Maroney had no choice but to enter into a confidential agreement with USA Gymnastics, the lawsuit explained.
Maroney’s attorney described the confidentiality agreement as an “an immoral and illegal attempt to silence a victim of child sexual abuse.”
In two words: absolutely horrible…