Nassar in the news: Simon criticized in column, former gymnast speaks out
Column on President Simon’s Credibility | Toledo Blade
The Toledo Blade ran a column written by Jack Lessenberry, which calls MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon’s credibility into question.
Lessenberry criticized Simon for failing to get ahead of the Nassar story and send a decisive message to the university community.
He cited research done by the Michigan Information and Research Service, which asked public relations professionals about MSU’s brand given the recent sexual assault and sexual harassment scandals.
“A negative number is about where MSU’s public reputation is at the moment,” T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs said, as reported by The Toledo Blade.
Lessenberry likened Simon’s presidency to that of Richard Nixon, and ended his column by asking if it’s too late to rehabilitate MSU’s — and Simon’s — public image.
Kamerin Moore’s Video
Former gymnast Kamerin Moore posted a video on YouTube detailing her experiences with Nassar.
Moore recently took a training course to become a gymnastics coach herself, and Nassar immediately came to mind when the class listed signs of child predators, Moore said in the video.
“He used to volunteer his time with kids, which made him look like an amazing person, but he was really volunteering his time so he could abuse children," Moore said in the video.
Moore was only able to stop being treated by Nassar by pretending she was feeling better.
“I lied to my coaches, I lied to him, I lied to my mom,” Moore said in the video. “I lied to everyone and said that my back and hamstrings were feeling better and that I wasn’t in pain anymore so that I didn’t have to have these treatments done.”
Updates on Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Gag Order
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina issued a gag order on March 27 to bar current and potential Nassar plaintiffs and their attorneys from publicly discussing details of the case.
More than 80 alleged Nassar victims and their attorneys filed a lawsuit against Aquilina, saying the order was too broad and limited their First Amendment rights.
Neff dismissed the case on April 14, but the plaintiffs have filed a motion for reconsideration, citing their intention to amend the original complaint to include Aquilina’s new gag order, according to court documents.