In 2012, John Geddert had it all. He was the head coach of the USA women’s gymnastics team. The team struck gold at the London Olympics. They won the gold medal in the team competition, the individual all around and the floor exercise. They also won the silver medal on vault and bronze medal on beam.
Today, say the name John Geddert and you’re unlikely to hear accolades of Olympic success. Instead, Geddert is in the hot seat because Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman says that Geddert knew about Nassar’s abuse. Raisman says that Geddert knew about the abuse in 2011, but didn’t do anything to report it or stop it.
Raisman says that she was riding in a vehicle with Geddert and other gymnasts. One of the gymnasts described in detail what Nassar did to her. Raisman said that Geddert didn’t say anything. She says Geddert just stayed silent. Others have accused Geddert of making treatments with the doctor mandatory for his club gymnasts. They say that Geddert fed Nassar his victims with at least some suspicion of what was going on.
USA Gymnastics revoked Geddert’s certification to attend USA-gymnastics sanctioned events. He simply transferred ownership of the gym to his wife. Geddert is also on the receiving end of several civil lawsuits.
Even though the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has Geddert under investigation, it’s unclear if he’ll face criminal charges for his failure to act. Athletic coaches are not among the individuals identified as mandatory reporters by Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. Teachers and school social workers must report suspicion of child abuse to Child Protective Services. There’s no such mandate in Michigan for athletic coaches like Geddert.
Even if Geddert doesn’t face criminal charges for his failure to report Nassar’s behavior, he still may not be off the hook. Another person reported that Geddert assaulted her in a parking lot. At one point, he was reportedly urged to attend counseling for anger management by a county prosecutor’s office. There’s no word on whether the statute of limitations has run out or whether the prosecutor could reconsider filing charges against Geddert for the assault allegations.
After the 2012 Olympics, Geddert’s star principal high-tailed it to UCLA. Even though she was ineligible to compete as an NCAA athlete, Jordan Wieber accepted a post as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bruins women’s gymnastics team. Wieber testified at Nassar’s sentencing hearing in Ingham County that she too was a victim of Nassar’s abuse.