07/18 22:14 CDT Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs
Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of a
former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University joined
hands on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the
The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together
Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show that honors the
past year's top athletes and moments in sports.
Gymnast Aly Raisman, softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Sarah
Klein, who said she was Nasser's first victim 30 years ago, took turns
speaking. Klein chided the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan
State for placing "money and medals above the safety of child athletes."
Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim won a leading three ESPYs, including
best female athlete, while Alex Ovechkin claimed best male athlete.