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Top leadership of USA Gymnastics board resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

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Nichols dances

Sophomore Maggie Nichols dances during her floor routine Jan. 21.

Three members of the USA Gymnastics leadership have resigned amid the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley have submitted their resignations effective immediately from the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors after receiving pressure to do so.

Oklahoma sophomore Maggie Nichols is one of the more than 100 gymnasts who have accused Nassar of sexual misconduct, and she was the first to report the abuse to USA Gymnastics. Nichols' mother, Gina, was present earlier this month at Nassar's sentencing to give a statement on her behalf in addition to the statements being given by many of his other victims. She also accused USA Gymnastics of being negligent, saying nothing was done when the family initially reported.

Sooners' men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams has also been outspoken against Nassar, tweeting his support to victims of his abuse.

Mitchell Barnes is a broadcast journalism sophomore covering sports for The Daily

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