This news comes after Aly Raisman critcized FIG and USAG employee who covered up Larry Nassar's abuse, Ron Galimore, for being allowed to hand out rings medals at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha. Don McPherson, USAG Midwest Athlete Safety Director, compared Aly, a Jewish woman, to a Nazi and called her a "lizard person" (derogatory & anti-semitic term for Jewish people).
Why is Don McPherson Illinois state safety chair? He continues to malign athletes, Aly in particular. This statement, which seems to compare her to the Nazis is just beyond ... so horrifyingly egregious and offensive. Get him out of the sport. pic.twitter.com/1f4M11mZLD— Jennifer Sey (@JenniferSey) November 3, 2018
Don McPherson has actually covered up sexual abuse himself.
USAG Midwest Safety Director Don McPherson knew Chicago gym coach Jose Vilchi was molesting little girls in 1997 and kept it secret. Vilchis went on to molest more kids.This article was published in March. McPherson is still in charge of Athlete Safety. https://t.co/9JD10JHgv0— john manly (@johnmanly) November 4, 2018
This news should have come long ago as USAG kept proving over and over again that they're trash and survivors have been asking for their decertification. FIG still needs to fire Ron Galimore who also has a big part in deciding the qualfication process for the next Olympics. I also feel for the current US gymnasts who have to deal with all of this.