John Geddert, the one-time U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics coach who worked with Larry Nassar, has been suspended from USA Gymnastics.
Monday night the organization released the following statement on Geddert's status:
“John Geddert has been suspended under the interim measures provisions of Section 10.5 of USA Gymnastics’ Bylaws. USA Gymnastics is unable to comment further as this is a pending matter.”
Professional membership in USA Gymnastics is a requirement for coaches, judges, officials and other gymnastics professionals who want to participate in USAG-sanctioned competitions. Twistars website says it is "a National Team Training Center for USA Gymnastics and the home of multiple International Elite US National Team Members."
The section of USA Gymnastics bylaws cited in the statement says interim measures are used while a complaint is under investigation "to ensure the safety and well-being of the gymnastics community or where an allegation is sufficiently serious that an Adverse Party’s continued participation could be detrimental to the sport or its reputation."
The organization's bylaws also say that an individual who is suspended "is prohibited from any association with any activities conducted by a Member Club, in addition to being prohibited from participation in sanctioned competitions ... for the duration of the suspension."
Messages left Monday night for Geddert, coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and owner of Twistars gymnastics training centers in Dimondale and DeWitt, were not returned.
Chris Bergstrom, Geddert's Lansing-based attorney, said in an email Monday night that his client "only wishes to convey his heart-felt sympathy to all victims of Larry Nassar’s abuse."
Bergstrom added "any further comments will distract from the victims’ statements at Nassar’s sentencing before Judge (Rosemarie) Aquilina."
Monday was the fifth day of Nassar’s sentencing hearing in Ingham County. He pleaded guilty in November to seven first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Ingham County. On Jan. 31, Nassar will be sentenced on three of the same charges in Eaton County, where he also pleaded guilty in November.
Last month, Nassar was sentenced in Grand Rapids' U.S. District Court to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.
Nassar, 54, is a former MSU sports medicine doctor and was a certified athletic trainer for over 20 years.
Testimony at Nassar's preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges and the victim impact statements at his sentencing hearing suggest that many who were abused were gymnasts from Twistars who either sought treatment for injuries at Nassar's MSU office or in a room at the Dimondale gym where Nassar saw athletes.
Over the weekend, Geddert had posted on his Facebook page that “a great team blocks out distractions” and mentioned how proud he was of results from a recent gymnastics competition that included gymnasts who train at Twistars.
Last week, Geddert's wife, Kathryn Geddert, posted on her Facebook page that she appreciated all the support the couple has received. "Thanks to all of you that are reaching out to us with your support and love!" she said. "It surely means the world to us both!"
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