Legendary basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson on Monday joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the dismissal of Michigan State University officials who knew anything about the decades-long scandal when Larry Nassar assaulted scores of women.
“If anyone was aware of the sexual assault happening to women on the MSU campus from the office of the President, Board of Trustees, athletic department, faculty & campus police, and didn’t say or do anything about it, they should be fired,” wrote Johnson, a Lansing native and MSU alumnus, on his Twitter account.
“(My wife) Cookie and I stand in support of the victims and their families as they embark on the road to recovery; and I support the movement to hold everyone involved accountable.”
Many are calling for accountability for all organizations that employed Nassar.
On Monday. the National Center on Sexual Exploitation joins the USOC in calling for the resignation of all USA Gymnastics board members.
“The Nassar case is a textbook demonstration of the social conditions that discourage disclosure of sexual abuse,” said Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, in a statement. “As researchers have reported, many victims hesitate to come forward due to fear of not being believed or being disregarded in favor of the perpetrators’ denial. They fear being met with victim-blaming, ostracization, and being forced to leave the team. Many others fail to report due to a lack of evidence. As is all too clear in this case, USA Gymnastics met reports with indifference and failed to act.”