FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and member of Michigan State's sports medicine staff, sits in court during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University said Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that the NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Coach who defended Nassar parts ways with USA Gymnastics

August 31, 2018 - 4:42 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has parted ways with recently hired coach Mary Lee Tracy because Tracy tried to contact Aly Raisman, one of Larry Nassar's most outspoken victims.

Only three days after being hired as the program's elite development coordinator, Tracy posted on social media Friday that she was asked to resign after trying to contact Raisman to apologize, and in the hopes "we could work together to make our sport better and learn from all the mistakes of the past."

USA Gymnastics said in a statement that Tracy inappropriately contacted Raisman, who is suing the federation, and was critical of Tracy's hiring because the coach had previously defended Nassar.

Raisman, a three-time Olympic champion, tweeted after Tracy's hiring, calling it "a slap in the face for survivors, and further confirmation that nothing at @USAG has changed."

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