Lawsuit Against U.S. Olympics Committee Seeks Class Action Certification

Suit alleges that in quest for ‘medals and money,’ coaches and officials covered up years of sexual abuse

In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal uncovered earlier this year in USA Gymnastics, former doctor Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics board members and Michigan State University officials were held accountable for Nassar’s rampant abuse and subsequent coverup. But a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Colorado targets the U.S. Olympics Committee to dismantle what plaintiffs’ attorneys describe as a culture where “athletes are disposable, and the quest for medals and money trumps all.”

“We’ve got to stop looking at this in silos — this is all the USOC. It’s all the same people in all the same sports, passing these guys around and covering for each other and allowing these guys to get away with it,” Saeed and Little partner Jonathan Little said. Nassar was also a doctor for the USA Taekwondo team.

The lawsuit — brought by five former Olympic taekwondo athletes against the USOC, the USA Taekwondo Association and taekwondo coaches Jean and Steven Lopez —filed for class certification earlier this month.

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