MSU Director of Athletics writes to Klages regarding suspension

  • MSU Director of Athletics writes to Klages regarding suspension

MSU Director of Athletics writes to Klages regarding suspension

Kathie Klages is stepping down as Michigan State University's head gymnastics coach, her attorney announced Tuesday, a day after Klages was suspended by the university. Michigan State spokesperson Jason Cody told the Lansing State Journal that the university "felt given the circumstances of the case that that was prudent thing to do", when asked why the approximately 60 complaints of sexual assault against Nassar did not warrant external investigation.

Dr. Larry Nassar, who treated several U.S. Olympic athletes, and is the former Spartans team doctor, is being accused of sexual assault.

"John Manly, a California-based attorney who represents almost two dozen women who have sued MSU and Nassar, said Monday that Klages' suspension ".points out now more than ever why there needs to be a fully independent investigation of MSU".

In a court filing, the woman says she was part of a youth gymnastics program in 1997-98. She says Klages is retiring "out of respect to the university and the gymnastics program".

The latest allegation against Klages, who resigned after 27 seasons, stems from a meeting with the MSU gymnastics team on September 12 to make the athletes aware of allegations against Nassar that were published in a newspaper. He's criminally charged with assaulting a girl at his home and possessing child pornography.

Coach Kathie Klages was suspended Monday.

"Although she is not a named defendant in any lawsuit, she is extremely distressed by the accusations that have been made about her creating any sort of impediment to gymnasts reporting complaints of criminal sexual conduct or sexually inappropriate behavior", the statement said.

"Klages continued to defend (Nassar)", Fraser said.

A message was left seeking comment from Shirlee Bobryk, Klages' attorney.

Michigan State University claims it was unaware of any complaints about Dr. Nassar prior to 2014.

At the conclusion of that September team meeting, according to the letter, Klages shared a "highly emotional sense of shock" about the Nassar allegations, which confused several athletes about who they could or should speak with about the situation, Hollis wrote.

Fraser also pointed to a letter from Athletic Director Mark Hollis to Klages on Tuesday that noted Klages was protecting Nassar in September.

However, when it comes to some of the attorneys who are representing clients in this case, some say while the MSU Police Department has done well with the criminal investigation into Nassar, there's some concerns when it comes to MSU and its staff members.

Still, when her mother confronted Coach Klages, Klages was adamant that Nassar was innocent of any wrongdoing, White says. He's being held in custory wihtou bond. He was also a longtime doctor with Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

To date, at least 38 women or girls are involved in two lawsuits against MSU, and Nassar has been sued by 39 women in at least six lawsuits.

However, he has not been charged with crimes related to his role as a doctor for the university.

The largest lawsuit is in federal court in Grand Rapids. The lawsuit will have 35 plaintiffs with the addition of the four who filed motions Tuesday.