Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sentencing Made Her ‘Literally Sick’: ‘I Almost Passed Out’
Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman appeared on NBC’s Today show Thursday morning, following the sentencing of Larry Nasar, the former doctor for the American gymnastics team, for multiple sex crimes alleged by his patients.
Raisman, who gave a powerful and scathing victim impact statement directed at Nassar during the sentencing hearing, discussed the 40 to 175 years the former doctor received for his crimes.
Hoda Kotb asked Raisman if she felt justice had been served by the sentencing, but the gymnast said she was unsatisfied.
“We need to hold these organizations accountable,” Raisman replied. “USA Gymnastics, United States Olympic Committee, MSU, they need an independent investigation.”
“This is bigger than Larry Nassar,” she continued. “We have to get to the bottom of how this disaster happened. If we don’t figure out how it did, we can’t be confident that it won’t happen again.”
Raisman also said that delivering her victim impact statement was a similar experience to competing in the Olympics, because “at that moment, you block out everything.”
“But after, I will be honest: I was sick, I almost passed out, I had the worst headache for hours,” she said. “It’s hard to put into words, but it makes me literally sick all the stress and the trauma of everything. But for that moment, I had to be strong. But I’m very, very exhausted from it.”
The gymnast, who accused Nassar of sexually abusing her, said that Nassar looked at her throughout her entire statement: “He actually looked at me the whole entire time. Every time I made eye contact with him and even when I stared at him, he looked me in the eye the whole entire time. It was crazy. I did not expect that at all.”
After remarking on Nassar’s statement to the court denying the allegations, Raisman added: “he deserves to suffer — it’s disgusting what happened.”
At the end of the interview, Raisman called out USA Gymnastics for putting “medals, reputation and money over the safety of athletes.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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