‘The Biggest Scandal in Sports History’–Former UM Athletic Director Reacts to Nassar

Bill Martin was UM athletic director from 2000-2010 and served as a board member and president of the United States Olympic Committee.

On Wednesday, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting the girls he was treating for sports-related injuries while a team doctor at Michigan State University.

The scale of the victimization is something we have never seen in collegiate-level sports, not even with Jerry Sandusky at Penn State

Later on Wednesday, MSU President Lou Anna Simon announced her resignation.

That announcement came after a swell of voices calling for her to resign, including the Michigan House of Representatives and both of Michigan’s U.S. Senators.  

The NCAA announced this week it will investigate Michigan State for its action, or inaction, during the period of time Nassar was assaulting student athletes.

“It’s the biggest scandal in sports history,” says former University of Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin, who joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about the situation at MSU.

Martin also served as a board member and president of the United States Olympic Committee.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.


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