12 questions Michigan State University should answer about Nassar case

3. What do the MSU softball trainers say about complaints in 1999 and 2000?

Tiffany Thomas Lopez was a MSU  softball player in spring 1999 when she saw Nassar for a lower back injury, she says.

During a treatment with a female athletic trainer in the room, Nassar digitally penetrated her vagina, Lopez said. She later asked the trainer about it.

“She reassured me that this is what he was supposed to be doing, and this was going to help me to play pain free,” Lopez told MLive in 2017.

Initially, Lopez trusted Nassar and the trainer. But Lopez said she felt “very uncomfortable” about the procedure, adding Nassar did not use a glove, explain the procedure or get consent.

In her sophomore year she had a new trainer, with whom she discussed the issue in more detail. Lopez said she also told another member of the athletic training department.

Lopez said she was told she could file a complaint against Nassar, but “I was really encouraged not to,” Lopez said.

“At the end of the conversation, I remember her reminding me that he was a world-renowned doctor who treated elite athletes,” Lopez said.

What do the trainers remember about these incidents? Did the trainers pass along the concerns that Nassar wasn’t using a glove for intravaginal procedures or getting consent?

 

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