American Olympic gymnastics coach Maggie Haney suspended for 8 years

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Former US Olympic coach Maggie Haney has been suspended for eight years by USA Gymnastics for verbal and emotional abuse of athletes.

USA Gymnastics confirmed the penalty in a statement on Wednesday.

The decision came after two months of hearings, which Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez testified against her longtime coach and world champion Riley McCusker, who wrote a letter criticizing Haney.

“The independent hearing panel – composed of three members of the gymnastics community, including a lawyer, a club owner and a former national team athlete – concluded that Ms. Haney had violated the code of ethics of the United States gymnastics, safe sport policy and others, “said USA Gymnastics in the release.

Haney is suspended from membership and all training of gymnastics athletes from the United States or member clubs for eight years, with immediate effect, followed by a two-year probationary period. After the suspension ended, USA Gymnastics stated that Haney may reapply after submitting proof of completion of certain specified Safe Sport courses. “

“The decision is unfortunate but by no means surprising given the cumbersome nature of the investigation and hearing process,” Russell Prince, lawyer for Haney, told the Southern California News Group. “There is no fundamental equity in the way these issues are resolved. Obviously, I anticipate arbitration. “

Haney, 42, coached Hernandez and McCusker at the MG Elite Gymnastics in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey.

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