WASHINGTON, D.C. (MPRN)-- Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was in Washington Tuesday to answer questions before a US Senate subcommittee.
Simon was subpoenaed as part of an inquiry into the Larry Nassar scandal. She and former officials from USA Gymnastics were called in to explain how Nassar was allowed to prey upon young athletes for 20 years before he was caught.
Simon says she was unaware until two years ago that Nassar – an acclaimed sports doctor -- might also be a predator, and she apologized.
“I can never say enough that I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician turned out to be an evil predator. And I am sorry we did not discover his crimes and remove him from the community sooner.”
Nassar survivors who showed up for the hearing said they found the apology empty and lacking an acknowledgement that Simon and MSU should have done more to protect them.