USA Gymnastics suspends coach Maggie Haney eight years for repeated emotional abuse of young gymnasts




Aug 9, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Olivia Greaves laughs with her coach Maggie Haney during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Maggie Haney received an eight-year suspension form USA Gymnastics on Wednesday for verbal emotional abuse against her gymnasts, according to The Orange County Register’s Scott Reid.

Haney, once one of the country’s most prominent gymnastics coaches, was found by a USA Gymnastics hearing panel to have failed to “to provide a safe, positive and healthy environment with a culture of trust and empowerment.”

She was also found to have “engaged in severe aggressive behavior toward a minor that included teasing and ridiculing that was intended to control and diminish another person.”

The decision comes almost four years after Hernandez filed her first abuse complaints against Haney to a USA Gymnastics official in 2016.




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