(Trends Wide) — Simone Biles, widely regarded as the best gymnast in the world, fought back tears as she blamed the FBI for turning a blind eye to her and hundreds of other women and girls who were sexually abused by the team’s disgraced physician, Larry Nassar, for years, they reported the allegations to the bureau.
“I believe without a doubt that the circumstances that led to my abuse, and allowed it to continue, are directly the result of the fact that the organizations created by Congress to monitor and protect me as an athlete, USA Gymnastics, United States Olympic and the Committee Paralympic, they didn’t do their job, “Biles said during his keynote address to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
“It really feels like the FBI is turning a blind eye to us and going out of their way to help protect USAG and USOPC. A message must be established: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be quick and sufficient. serious, “said Biles.
Biles choked before saying Nassar’s name out loud.
“I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame the entire system that allowed and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said.
“This is the largest case of sexual abuse in the history of American sports, and while there has been a completely independent investigation into the handling of the case by the FBI, neither the USAG nor the USOPC have been subject to the same level of scrutiny.” Biles said.
“These are the entities that have been trusted to protect our support and our athletes, but it seems that questions or responsibility and organizational failures remain unanswered,” he added.