MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

Screen Shot 2018-03-16 at 1.09.31 PM.png

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

The 2015 alumna posted the following message on Facebook:

"Michigan State Spartans,

I'd like to make something evidently clear. My time at Michigan State University was nothing short of a gift. Coach Walt Drenth and Track and Field staff have done everything in their power to give me the chance to be a successful athlete, student and professional. Unfortunately, other staff and administration failed to do their jobs, allowing myself and hundreds of other young girls and boys to be abused by now, inmate Nassar. I came back to Michigan State in August of 2017 to pursue my Masters Degree, proudly, as a Graduate Assistant for MSU Track and Field team. After watching the lack of urgency and ignorance of administration in handling such a sensitive and painful situation, I decided to give up my position at MSU as it was not in my best interest to be at an institution I can no longer say I am proud or feel safe to be part of. MSU, John Engler, we continue to speak our voices. We continue trying to change the future for young people (your students and athletes included) to come. Please stop fighting us and join us in making the world a safer place."



The reference to Engler—the interim MSU president after Lou Anna Simon resigned under intense pressure in January—is likely to do with the former Michigan governor's reported resistance to new statewide sexual assault bills that were passed by the Michigan Senate this week.

The bills extend the statute of limitations for sex abuse survivors, require more people to report suspected abuse, and restrict governmental institutions—like the university—from claiming immunity from lawsuits.

The legislation, currently under review in the Michigan House of Representatives, has received pushback from several organizations, including Michigan State, the Roman Catholic Church, and other universities and businesses.

Engler said this week he hopes to reach a legal settlement before the end of the semester. He thinks the new legislation will slow down the process and undermine negotiations.

"A number of the bills have nothing to do with supporting the survivors at all," he said to MichiganLive.com. "They're all about changing the leverage at the table with negotiations."

Powell is one of the women with a standing lawsuit against MSU and Nassar. She originally filed anonymously, one of several "Jane Doe" victims in the case.

Powell felt the university "outed" her when an MSU private investigator contacted fellow Spartan coaches to inquire about her character; she subsequently revealed her identity and was one of 156 women to make a victim impact statement at Nassar's trial.

“I had no choice in now disclosing my own story,” Powell told the Free Press in February. “This was my own story. This was not their story to tell.” 

She was a pole vaulter and javelin thrower who was first abused by Nassar as a 16-year-old high schooler.

Here is Powell's victim impact statement:


Michigan State Coach Walt Drenth Retires

USATSI_8228108_168385907_lowres.jpg

November 22, 2014, was a magical day for Michigan State director of cross country and track and field, Walt Drenth.  His Spartan women, six of whom came from Michigan high schools, showed their superior depth and dominated the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., despite putting only one athlete --sophomore Rachele Schulist-- in the top-10.  They scored 85 points to Iowa State's 147, giving Michigan State their first and only women's national cross country title.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Event Records Smashed At Delhi Half Marathon

Walelegn_Winning_Delhi_Half_2020_Courtesy_Procam.JPG

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

WATCH LIVE: D'Amato & Seidel Chase American 10 Mile Record

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 3.52.50 PM.png

Brandon Miles/MileSplit

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Clemson Cuts Men's Track and Field, Cross Country

John Lewis

Clemson University announced on Thursday that it is cutting men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country effective June 2021, becoming the first Power Five school to eliminate all three programs in 2020.

D'Amato, Pearson Impress At Michigan Pro Half Marathon

Screen Shot 2020-10-28 at 2.04.00 PM.png

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Christian Coleman Receives Two-Year Suspension

Coleman_ChristianWR-USind18.jpG

Christian Coleman, the 2019 100m world champion, has been banned from the sport for two years. The fastest man in the world now will likely miss next summer's Olympics, the result of a case that was rooted in missed drug tests and spanned the past two years.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

How to Watch: 2020 Valencia Marathon

USATSI_15182438_168385907_lowres.jpg

Here's how to watch the 2020 Valencia Marathon on FloTrack.

Salwa Eid Naser Avoids Whereabouts Ban Due To Apartment Snafu

naser.png

The whereabouts case brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against 400m world champion Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain has been dropped by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal after a filing failure was backdated and a missed test reversed, allowing the sprinter to avoid three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Jepchirchir & Kiplimo Take World Half Titles In Fast Races

Jacob Kiplimo

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

All Eyes On Cheptegei At Saturday's World Half Marathon Championships

Joshua Cheptegei

(c) 2020 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In