USA Gymnastics said Tuesday evening it will not pursue any money from McKayla Maroney if she speaks publicly about alleged abuse.
In a statement to USA TODAY Sports, the organization said it has not and will not seek retribution if Maroney speaks out or shares a statement regarding her alleged abuse at the hands of former team doctor Larry Nassar, who is being sentenced this week in Lansing, Mich., on seven counts of sexual assault.
The statement reads in full:
“USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing. This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority — the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them.”
Maroney, who first shared her story via Twitter, signed a nondisclosure agreement in December 2016, agreeing to stay quiet about the abuse she experienced as part of a $1.25 million settlement with USA Gymnastics, part of which she said would be used for psychological treatment.
Earlier Tuesday, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen offered to pay the $100,000 fine Maroney would incur if she chose to speak publicly.
Teigen tweeted: “The entire principle of this should be fought – an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Heather Tucker