On Wednesday, former US Olympic coach Maggie Haney has been suspended for eight years by USA Gymnastics for verbal and emotional abuse of athletes. USA Gymnastics confirmed the penalty in a statement.
“The independent hearing panel – comprised of three members of the gymnastics community, including an attorney, a club owner, and a former national team athlete – found that Ms. Haney violated the USA Gymnastics Code of Ethical Conduct, Safe Sport Policy, and other policies,” USA Gymnastics said in the statement.
Haney is suspended from membership and any coaching of USA Gymnastics athletes or for member clubs for eight years, effective immediately, followed by a two-year probationary period.
“The ruling is regrettable but in no way surprising considering the heavy-handed nature of the investigative and hearing process,” Russell Prince, Haney’s attorney, told the Southern California News Group.
“There is no fundamental fairness to the manner in which these matters are resolved. Clearly, I would anticipate an arbitration,” he added.
Haney, who is 42 years old had given coaching to Hernandez and Mc Cusker in Monmouth junctions at New Jersey.