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Aly Raisman Suing U.S. Olympic Committee

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman filed suit against the U.S. Olympic Committee for failing to take action to prevent former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nassar from molesting hundreds of young athletes, according to news reports.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California but announced Friday, accuses the committee of bungling its response to sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, who is now serving a long prison term for sex crimes.

“After all this time, they remain unwilling to conduct a full investigation, and without a solid understanding of how this happened, it is delusional to think sufficient changes can be implemented,” Raisman said in a statement, according to NBC. “I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing. It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed.”

A USA Gymnastics trainer was sometimes present during treatment sessions where Nassar abused young athletes at the Karolyi Ranch, Raisman alleges in the suit, according to NBC News.

Raisman, in recent interviews, has accused the USOC of ignoring allegations against Nassar and threatening her not to tell how he molested her under the guise of treatment.

“I was told [by USA Gymnastics] to be quiet,” Raisman told ESPN in January. “And I think that when somebody in high power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat. USA Gymnastics just said, ‘We’re handling this. We got this. Like, stop asking us questions.’”

Raisman, a gold medalist who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, was among more than 100 women who alleged Nassar sexually abused them. He pleaded guilty to child pornography and sexual assault charges and was sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

The USOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The group’s CEO, Scott Blackmun, resigned on Wednesday after a cancer diagnosis.

“Under his leadership, USOC has focused nearly all its efforts on money and medals while the safety of our athletes has taken a back seat,” attorney John Manly, who represents many of Nassar’s victims, including Raisman, said in a statement.




Jordan Greenway is U.S. hockey team’s first African-American Olympian

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Jordan Greenway doesn’t know when this historic moment will hit him.

He predicts it won’t happen while he’s helping Team USA try to win a gold medal in Pyeongchang. But sometime down the road it will have more of an impact.

Greenway, a junior winger for Boston University, is the first African-American to compete for the U.S. men’s hockey team in the Olympics.

“I think it’s great, it’s unbelievable,” Greenway said following a practice at Gangneung Ice Arena. “I don’t think it’s hit me how I think it will later on in my life to be honest with you. I grew up around a predominantly white population and a lot of white people playing (hockey), so I’ve always looked at it as just another kid. I think it’s an honor. I’m very excited about it. I hope I’m the first of many.”

Greenway, 20, has played hockey all his life. He put on his first pair of skates when he was 3. It’s what kids are accustomed to growing up in Canton, N.Y., which is 20 miles from the Canadian border. Plus his brother J.D., who is a sophomore defenseman at Wisconsin, and all of his cousins played. He was just next in the family line. Greenway tried out other sports — football, lacrosse, baseball — but didn’t develop the same passion.

“I was OK at them,” he said, laughing. “I kind of mixed it up, but I don’t know. I always had the most fun playing hockey. I enjoyed waking up really early in the morning and playing hockey. I didn’t have the same enjoyment going to (play other sports). I didn’t want to do that for football or other sports. Just thought this was the right fit for me.”

Greenway was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2015, but chose to stay in school. Because the NHL prohibited its players from Olympic competition, he’s able to live out his dream as an amateur.

Physically, he’s a big body on the ice at 6-5, 230 flat-footed. Greenway estimates he’s 6-8 or 6-9 on skates, but such an imposing figure could fudge his numbers and say he’s 7-feet and no one would blink.

His height certainly provides an advantage when getting to the net, protecting the puck and creating space, but it’s not always better to be bigger, he said.

“You get some of these smaller guys who are quick and they put you on edge,” he said, smiling. “But it definitely has a lot of benefits.”

Greenway tallied 25 points in 28 games for Boston U. this season and was second with eight points on the U.S. team that won gold in the 2017 junior world championships. He also played for the 2017 world championship team that finished fifth.

By making history, Greenway hopes to use these Olympics to inspire other African-American kids to play hockey.

“That’s definitely the goal,” he said. “Trying to get more, not just African American, but more cultures playing. I don’t think it’s any secret that more white people play than black people. So hopefully I can try to be another role model to try to put it in these kids’ minds to hopefully try and do something different and hopefully we’ll get more black people and different cultures playing the game.”


Dodge Ram Under Fire for Using MLK Speech to Promote Cars in Commercial

Dodge came under fire on Super Bowl Sunday for their use of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 sermon “The Drum Major Instinct” as a background for their “Built To Serve” ad. The ad features football players, rescue workers, and Marines to support their message.

A description in the video reads, “In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ram truck owners also believe in a life of serving others. They serve because they’re driven by a higher calling. They serve because they feel a shared responsibility and commitment to their family and community. They serve because they’re men and women of their word. They serve because they know the world could use a little more kindness.”

A tweet from The King Center’s official Twitter page revealed that neither they or King’s daughter Bernice permitted the use of the audio for the commercial. The tweet read, “Neither @TheKingCenter nor @BerniceKing is the entity that approves the use of #MLK’s words or imagery for use in merchandise, entertainment (movies, music, artwork, etc) or advertisement, including tonight’s @Dodge #SuperBowl commercial.”



Outbreak of norovirus causes quarantine of 1,200 Olympic security guards

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Officials in South Korea quarantined 1,200 security guards after 41 of them at the Winter Olympic facilities at Pyeongchang had symptoms similar to the norovirus, CNN reported.

South Korea deployed 900 military personnel after the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee (POCOG) quarantined the security guards. The POCOG said the guards suffered sudden outbreaks of diarrhea and vomited Sunday and were taken to the hospital, CNN reported. An investigation suggested the symptoms could have come from ground water being used in the food and beverages at the facilities, ESPNreported.

“The military personnel … will be responsible for security checks of the 20 venues as they take up jobs such as security searches, previously done by civilian safety personnel, until the patients’ condition is normalized,” according to a statement from the POCOG.

All of the civilian guards are in stable condition, according to the statement.

Competitions at the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8 and will continue through the closing ceremonies on Feb. 25.



Cardi B Replaces Alexa in Amazon’s Super Bowl Ad

While she may have cashed another check from Mona Scott, Cardi B is also cashing checks from the world’s richest man and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos.

The Bronx native has come up in a major way. So much, that she is starring in a Super Bowl ad alongside other A-list celebs whose voice overrides Amazon’s artificial intelligence device, Alexa. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to see it.

Cardi’s portion of the one minute and thirty-second spot starts off with a young man asking Alexa about a planet right next door to Earth. “Alexa, how far is Mars?” he inquires. Cardi makes a sound similar to a Nextel chirp before replying, “How far is Mars? Well, how am I supposed to know? I’ve never been there! This guy wanna go to Mars! For what? There’s not even oxygen there!” Cardi laughs. The young man looks back at his Alexa device, confused. Later on, Alexa is prompted to play country music. Instead, Cardi chirps then belts, “I don’t dance now, I make money moves!”

Others who make appearances in the same commercial are Bezos himself, chef Gordon Ramsay, comedian Rebel Wilson, (who speaks over Keith Sweat’s “Nobody”) and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

XXL reports Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes will also star in Super Bowl ads. They will all air on Sunday, February 4th during the game.



Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse

Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison. Over the past two decades, more than 150 women and girls reported that Nassar sexually abused them. CNN reports that he pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

“There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred. An acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write and convey. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days”, said Nassar.

Previously, he was sentenced to 60 years for a separate case — having child pornography on his computer.



Marijuana and Bullets Found in DeSean Jackson’s Car After Crash

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star DeSean Jackson might be in a bit of trouble after a truck registered to him crashed and was abandoned about three miles from the team’s facility in Tampa, Florida on Christmas Eve. Six grams of marijuana and two .38 caliber hollow-point bullets were also discovered inside the vehicle at the wreck.

Jackson denied any involvement in the crash after he was summoned to the scene by police for questioning. He also said he was not driving the truck at the time of the accident. He later claimed that a friend had borrowed his car.

A spokesperson for Jackson released a statement on Wednesday that once again denied his involvement. “It was a friend of DeSean’s who borrowed his car while he was out of town without his knowledge,” the spokesperson said. “None of what was in the car was his, obviously.

He’s dealing with the person that was using it without his knowledge privately. The incident is being handled.” Jackson did not immediately confirm that his friend was using the car according to NFL.com. Only after several rounds of questioning, he agreed to reveal his friend’s identity. The Buccaneer’s coach also released a statement confirming Jackson’s cooperation with police.