Officials at the NCAA have sent a “letter of inquiry” to Michigan State about the university’s handling of Larry Nassar, the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who has been convicted of serial sexual abuse.
“The NCAA has sent a letter of inquiry to Michigan State University regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State,” the organization wrote in a statement when reached for comment by SB Nation. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
The NCAA’s written principles include that it is “the responsibility of each member institution to protect the health of, and provide a safe environment for, each of its participating student-athletes.”
Michigan State athletes were among the scores of women Nassar abused, and he carried out many his crimes during his time at MSU. Michigan State University president, Lou Anna Simon, has faced calls to resign over the school’s response to Nassar’s abuse. She has stayed in her job, and one trustee said Tuesday that “she’s not going to get run out of there by what somebody else did.”
Nassar’s sentencing hearing has unfolded at a Michigan courthouse over the last week. So far, at least 190 of his victims have come forward at those hearings.
The next woman addressing the court as Victim 190. We are at 190 victims now. It's one thing to digest this as a sanitized number, and something entirely different to see each of these women stand up, speak, shake, cry, and relive their pain. It is nothing short of staggering.— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) January 23, 2018